French Pedophile Seeks Surgical Castration to Curb Impulses

October 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The trial of an aging French pedophile with a lifelong criminal history of repeat convictions for child molestation, is raising the issue of both chemical and surgical castration for repeat offenders. Francis Evrard, 63, went on trial Monday for the rape and kidnapping of a 5-year-old boy, within days of his release from prison in 2007.

Just days before his trial, Evrard wrote President Nicolas Sarkozy, asking the government to surgically remove his testicles to curb his incurable sexual impulses. The father of the victim derides Evrard’s castration request, as a stunt.

The case has sickened French citizens, with some in government calling for sterner measures, such as castration to protect the public from pedophiles. Evrard’s crime caused such an uproar in France at the time of his arrest, that the legislature passed a new law that allows authorities to keep criminals in jail after the end of their term, if they are deemed to remain a threat to society.

Evrard walked out of prison, after serving a lengthy sentence for pedophilia, only to kidnap a boy in the northern town of Roubaix and lock him in a garage, when he proceeded to drug and rape the 5-year-old boy.

“The time has come for me to say that it’s true, yes. I did it, but I can’t explain why. I have impulses,” said Evrard at his trial on Monday.

France, along with a number of other European countries, including Sweden and Denmark, already have laws in place permitting “chemical castration” if prisoners agree to it. But Evrard’s case and other crimes committed by repeat sexual offenders, have prompted French authorities to consider forced chemical castration and even the surgical removal of testicles.

Others believe the legal mutilation of human beings is barbaric. Former Justice Minister Robert Badinter said in a radio interview: “We don’t mutilate human beings … in our societies.” “He will answer for his crime and I think that at his age, he’s not going to enjoy freedom again anytime soon, if at all,” added Badinter.

The 5-year-old boy’s father, Mustafa Kocacurt just wants Evrard to be locked away in prison for the rest of his life, so that he can’t cause further pain.



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