Convicted pedophile Francis Tullier, 78, cut his prison sentence in half - and that's not all - as he underwent voluntary castration as part of a plea deal to free him after 12 years behind bars, according to CBS News.
Tullier pleaded guilty in 1999 to three counts of molestation involving young girls. Tullier admitted abusing three girls, ages 6 to 12, during the 1970s and 80s. As part of the plea deal, he agreed to have his testicles surgically removed.
In October, he expressed reluctance to go through with physical castration. According to court transcripts, the judge replied, "It's time to give Caesar what Caesar is owed." The operation took ten minutes and was done at Tullier's expense.
Tullier's lawyer, Nathan Fisher, told CBS News, "They had enough [evidence] to send him up for two or three life sentences. He had no chance of getting out of prison unless we did something unusual."
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported Tullier is due for release next week. He will have to register as a sex offender and plans to stay in Louisiana. If he hadn't gone under the knife, Tullier would have been in prison until 2024.
Major Richie Johnson of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was happy with the outcome. He told CBS News, "I'm not aware of any other cases of physical castrations in the state," he said, "but I wish we'd use it more often."
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