Convicted child molester Francis Phillip Tullier, 78, underwent surgical castration as part of a plea bargain agreement, which included 27 years in prison. Tullier plead guilty to sexually molesting multiple young girls between the ages of 6 to 12 years.
The Advocate reports a West Baton Rouge man underwent the physical removal of his testicles at LSU Earl K. Long Medical Center on Friday.
Dr. Kenneth M. Blue, Chief of Urology, explained the surgery to the Advocate. "The procedure requires the patient to be put to sleep under general anesthesia for 10 minutes. A small skin incision is made on the scrotum and the testicles are removed. It's really a very minor procedure. Mentally, obviously, it's not so minor."
Nathan Fisher, Tollier's lawyer, said the plea agreement stipulated that Tullier would not be eligible for parole until "he underwent castration at his own expense," reports the Daily Mail. The deal required the surgery be completed within 6 months of the 1996 sentencing but medical issues caused a delay of over a decade.
The Louisiana Senate passed Senate Bill 144 in 2008 which "authorizes the administration of medroxyprogesterone acetate, or voluntary physical castration, to persons convicted of a crime which classifies the convicted person as a sex offender."
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who signed the bill said“The Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill is a good bill, and I am especially glad to sign it into Louisiana law today. Those who prey on our children are among the very worst criminals imaginable.
Not only as the Governor of this great state, but as a father of three children, I believe that sexually assaulting a child is one of the very worst crimes and I am glad we have taken such strong measures in Louisiana to put a stop to these monsters’ brutal acts. I want to send the message loud and clear – to the Supreme Court of the United States and beyond – make no mistake about it, if anyone wants to molest children and commit sexual assaults on kids they should not do so here in Louisiana. Here, we will do everything in our power to protect our children and we will not rest until justice is won and we have fully punished those who harm them.”
Sheriff's Maj. Johnson told The Advocate , "I'm not aware of any other cases of physical castration in the state, but I wish we would use it more." He said, "Tollier will be released from custody next week. He will live in Iberville Parish and have to register as a sex offender."