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November 20, 2013

"Sex offender offers to castrate himself for lighter sentence"

The title of this post is the headline of this new Boston Herald article, which gets started this way:

A convicted child-sex offender facing more than 40 life sentences in a rash of alleged rapes and assaults at a Wakefield child-care center is offering to undergo a “physical castration” to reduce his sex drive in return for a “massive” reduction in his sentence, his lawyer said.

John Burbine, 49, a Wakefield resident before he was arrested in September 2012, is asking prosecutors or the judge in his case if they would be willing to cap his sentence at the legal minimum of 15 years in prison if he agrees to voluntarily undergo a castration “preventing production of testosterone,” his lawyer William J. Barabino said.  “We would do it only if it results in a massive reduction in sentence,” Barabino told the Herald last night.

He told the judge in a court motion the procedure is effective in producing “a drastic reduction or complete discontinuation in sexual urges and sexual function, due to the inability to produce testosterone,” and is “an accepted method of treating certain types of abnormal sexual behavior, such as pedophilia.”

Barabino will make his pitch this morning in Middlesex Superior Court.  He said prosecutors have already indicated informally they are not interested in the deal.

The Wakefield defense lawyer said he expects a formal reply in court and still hopes the judge might consider authorizing the proposal.  His actual motion calls for a therapist to ensure Burbine can make an informed decision on the medical procedure.

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If he were to actually perform the operation himself I might be willing to cut him some slack, but wanting someone else to do it is not offering to castrate himself.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Nov 20, 2013 11:52:53 AM

Considering that sexual predation is more often about the predation rather than the sex, no deal.

I still encourage him to go through with it though...

Posted by: TarlsQtr1 | Nov 20, 2013 12:11:10 PM

It was proven in Nazi Germany that removal of the testicles was not as effective as removal of those as well as the penis. This came out in the Nuremburg Trials and penal authorities worldwide are aware of the nuances. No pun intended.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Nov 20, 2013 7:47:39 PM

"an accepted method of treating certain types of abnormal sexual behavior, such as pedophilia.”

Accepted by who? Quacks, that's who. There is no scientific evidence that castration does anything to reduce sexual urges. In fact, the latest research is suggesting that it is actually a lack of *ESTROGEN* that is the basis for sexual behaviors, specifically by people over the age of 40. So castration is nothing but barbarism, using eels to let blood.

Further, it is always wise to remember that for centuries homosexuality was considered abnormal behavior and all sorts of heinous acts were performed to cure it. Now in our enlightened age gay people are hip, hot and awesome and we do the same things to pedophiles. How the wheel of fate turns.

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 20, 2013 8:11:09 PM

@ TarlsQtr1

Quote: "Considering that sexual predation is more often about the predation rather than the sex..."

Do you lump all persons convicted of a sex offense in this same category?

Posted by: Book38 | Nov 20, 2013 10:33:42 PM

"Considering that sexual predation is more often about the predation rather than the sex..."

What on earth is the basis for this statement?

Posted by: Babs | Nov 20, 2013 11:50:28 PM

Most sex crime victims are young and attractive. So sex crimes are about sex, not about male political power over feminists. Think of sex crimes as bad courtships. Instead of spending 3 hours bs'ing about nothing to get someone into bed, or taking out $300 in cash, the sex criminal spends 3 seconds, takes out a weapon.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 21, 2013 8:56:15 PM

Book 38 stated: "Do you lump all persons convicted of a sex offense in this same category?"

What makes you think I do? Read my statement in context. This is not an article about "all sex offenders" but about a specific type (actually, an individual) who is responsible for a "rash of alleged rapes and assaults" at a day care center. I am obviously talking about this type of guy and not someone who urinated in public.

Babs stated: "What on earth is the basis for this statement?"

Research. The most grandiose claim I have ever seen is that sexual urges are diminished by castration (probable). However, I have never seen one that claims it stops sexual predation, which is much different. (Hint: there are paraplegics that are sexual predators).

Posted by: TarlsQtr1 | Nov 22, 2013 11:39:52 AM

If the perp does not have a weenie, how can he rape? As long as you are wacking, wacking both the balls and the weenie off.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Nov 23, 2013 7:07:09 PM

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