Man sentenced to 35 years, chemical castration for rape

Ryan Clark was sentenced to 35 years in prison and must submit to chemical castration upon his release for multiple charges that include second-degree rape when the victim is prevented from resisting due to force or threats according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.

Chemical castration is the use of chemicals or drugs to stop sex hormone production.

Clark pleaded guilty to four felony charges on March 1, according to Thursday’s news release. The other charges included two counts of molestation of a juvenile under 13 and sexual battery. Judge Brian K. Abels handed out the sentence.

On Feb. 12, 2021, Clark was indicted by a grand jury for first-degree rape when the victim is under 13, two counts of molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery.

Officials say the first 25 years of Clark’s sentence will be served without benefits and he will get credit for time served. Clark was ordered not to make contact with the victims and register as a sex offender for life, He must also forfeit all parental rights to all children.

On July 16, 2020, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of indecent behavior between Clark and a juvenile by a person the victim had confided in.

The person also explained this behavior had taken place for more than a year. The juvenile was then interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hammond and was able to detail the incidents. A possible second victim was also discovered.

From the information provided, a warrant was secured for Clark’s arrest, and he was arrested on July 17. With the discovery of more information, he was later charged with first-degree rape.

Clark had a prior conviction of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile for receiving oral sex in a public place from a minor. He was sentenced to 128 days in the parish jail for that charge in 2015.

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