Since the early s, McSpadden advocated castrating pedophiles, especially in the wake of the case of Steve Allen Butler in Surgical castration involves removal of the testicles, reducing the sexual drive but not necessarily eliminating the ability to have an erection.
Until the early 's, Virginia had a policy of surgical sterilization for more than 7, mentally retarded people, mostly women. Son of fallen HPD officer honored with back-to-school send-off. Butler was a retarded shoeshine worker convicted of sexually assaulting a year-old girl in while he was still on probation for fondling a 7-year-old girl in Texas is one of several states that offers chemical castration used for sex offenders in Houston sexual offenders the opportunity to be surgically castrated.
The date of the procedure was not announced at a hearing yesterday in Harris County District Court in Houston. California, Florida, and Louisiana allow offenders who may or must undergo treatment to opt for surgical castration. Judge McSpadden said he advocated castration because current punishments did not work.
If he is not in custody at the time of sentencing, he must be taken into custody to begin treatment. Thomas, who is director of a Houston rape crisis program, argued that castration "buys into the myth that sexual assault is about sex.
First offenders convicted of sex crimes against minors age 12 or younger and certain repeat offenders must have a mental health evaluation, including a treatment plan, before they are eligible for probation, parole, or a sentence reduction or suspension.
To mitigate the concern surrounding it, lawmakers in the state require sexual offenders to meet stringent criteria before agreeing to this procedure. McSpadden found a doctor to perform the surgery, but castration plans failed when Butler's lawyers said racism was a motivating factor.