A sex mad 78-year old convicted child molester is to be freed from jail after a successful castration operation following agreement that he would ditch his sex crave act by so doing.
He had himself castrated Thursday as a condition for his release from a Louisiana prison.
Francis Tullier paid for the procedure and is expected to be released next week to regaim his freedom once again.
Tullier was arrested in 1997 and faced over 500 counts of molesting six girls aged 6 to 12 in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to three counts of molesting the young girls to spare his victims from appearing in court.
The convict also agreed to the surgical removal of his testicles within six months, but the medical procedure was postponed because Tullier became sick.
The procedure, performed for about 10 minutes at the LSU Earl K. Long Medical Center, was done in the morning and Tullier was back in jail by 5 p.m. of the same day.
Only Louisiana and Texas allow surgical castration, while seven other states permit chemical castration of sex offenders.
An expert at John Hopkins University on sexual behavior said surgical castration is rare, but warned someone who had undergone the procedure could regain sexual desire by using testosterone bought from the black market.
The experts said chemical castration yielded the same objective, minus the trauma of surgery.