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March 5, 2011

"Louisiana child molester undergoes castration for parole"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable local story about an offender willing to go to great lengths to facilitate release from prison.  Here are the details:

A convicted child molester has undergone surgical castration to win release from prison on parole.  Francis Phillip Tullier, who had faced hundreds of molestation counts involving young girls, pleaded guilty to three counts in 1999 and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.  He is now 78.

His lawyer, Nathan Fisher, said that under the agreement Tullier could only be eligible for parole once he underwent castration.  A sheriff's investigator said Tullier agreed to have the surgery at his own expense.  It was done Thursday after years of delays while Tullier was treated for various medical issues -- and after a judge told Tullier he would not be released without having it done.

The Advocatenewspaper in Baton Rouge reported Tullier is due for release next week.  He will live in nearby Iberville Parish and must register as a sex offender.

Tullier had been accused by police of more than 6,000 counts of molestation and was facing a trial on 500 counts in 1999.  Fisher said his client, 67 at the time, certainly would have died in prison if convicted on all or most of the counts. 

Louisiana law had no provision in 1999 for sentencing someone to castration, Fisher told The Associated Press on Friday.  He said he offered what he now calls a "creative sentencing" option that included physical castration.... Tullier tried to win parole without undergoing the operation [but he was told] in a hearing last fall that he would be imprisoned until 2024 if he didn't have the surgery.

Castration is now a sentencing option for people convicted of aggravated rape, forcible rape, second-degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, aggravated crime against nature and molestation of a juvenile when the victim is under age 13.

A 2008 law provides that a judge can sentence the offender to receive injections of a drug that suppresses sex drive by reducing testosterone.  That law allows offenders to choose physical castration to avoid the drug's side effects, provided the offender signs an affidavit and the judge agrees.

In January, Pam LaBorde, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said she could not find records of any inmate ordered to undergo castration as a part of his sentence under the new law.

I have heard of budget cuts leading to prison releases, but never this kind of cut... (cue rimshot).  I suppose it is fitting that this offender is getting off early by giving up his ability to get off... (cue rimshot).  I know, of course, that a case like this is no laughing matter.  Still, I welcome comical as well as serious comments on this cutting-edge (cue rimshot) sentencing story.

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Very busy guy before prison.

This is anecdotal support for incapacitation. Say, he had intercourse with a bunch of three year old girls. How much would it be worth to the parents and to the taxpayer to have that not happen. Consider the psychological trauma, the health care costs, the drop in the price of real estate if people were truthful about what had happened in the area. Mutiply by 1000's.

Now, begrudge the prison system its $40,000 a year cost to prevent those. Or 123D.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 5, 2011 11:42:56 AM

I know the vile feminist lawyer and its male running dogs live in a world of fiction. However, even a child would know this. His testicles were not the cause of his sexual preference, of not controlling himself, and of offending. His brain was. It is that organ that should be removed.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 5, 2011 11:46:56 AM

I'm not trying to be gross here, but let's be honest. Are they cutting off this guy's fingers, too? Tongue maybe? This is something wrong in his brain, balls or not.

Posted by: Rob | Mar 5, 2011 1:31:54 PM

i was thinking the same thing. is there any evidence at all that removing the ONE organ will stop him? for all we know that was the ONLY one he NEVER Used with them.

Which of course would be about pair for the course with our idiot govt.

Posted by: rodsmith | Mar 5, 2011 2:31:03 PM

Hello,

I am also agreeing with you. I don't know how much safe it would be for the parents if this ‘psycho’ will be released from the prison on parole. Castration is not at all much impressive to resolve the matter so easily. Brian here.

Posted by: George Allen | Mar 7, 2011 8:42:58 AM

rodsmith - "I was thinking the same thing. is there any evidence at all that removing the ONE organ will stop him? for all we know that was the ONLY one he NEVER Used with them."

No evidence that castration, either chemical or surgical, reduces sex offenses. Scandinavia suggests that chemical castration can reduce offense rates to 5% from more than 40%. The Australian government does not allow chemical castration on the grounds that there is no proof it works. The Council of Europe last year sad that "Surgical castration is no longer a generally accepted medical intervention in the treatment of sex offenders" because it is used as a punishment. A 1989 Psychological Bulletin study suggested that "the recidivism rate for treated offenders is not lower than that for untreated offenders; if anything, it tends to be higher."

Only Canada, Denmark, Sweden and eight US states offer chemical castration.

Posted by: Huh? | Mar 8, 2011 9:26:44 PM

Tullier first alleged indecent assault of more than 6,000 police and 500 points, faces trial in 1999. Fisher said his client was 67 years old, is certainly going to die in prison if convicted on all or most of the charges.

Posted by: omaha homes | Mar 18, 2011 11:01:50 AM

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