Convicted Louisiana pedophile Francis Phillip Tullier volunteers to be castrated to get out of jail
By Aliyah Shahid
A convicted 78-year-old pedophile in Louisiana volunteered to be castrated so he could be released from prison early.
Francis Phillip Tullier was sentenced to 27 years behind bars in 1999 after admitting to molesting three girls between the ages of 6 and 12 on several hundred occasions.
Now the West Baton Rouge Parish resident will cut his prison sentence in half and is scheduled to be released next week.
Tullier's lawyer, Nathan Fisher, told the Advocate newspaper that his client decided to go under the knife because he didn't want to die in jail for crimes he committed in the 1970s and 1980s.
"They had enough to send him up for two or three life sentences," Fisher said. "He had no chance of getting out of prison unless we did something unusual."
He added, "I didn't want chemical castration, I wanted the whole deal. The victims probably weren't happy, but I'm not representing them. It took a lot of discussion, it wasn't something done on a whim."
The operation took 10 minutes and was paid for by Tullier. The surgery was delayed for years because he was dealing with other medical issues.
In October, Tullier was reluctant to go through the procedure. "I lost my house, I lost my wife and now y'all trying to take my manhood."
According to court transcripts, the judge replied, "It's time to give Caesar what Caesar is owed."
On the condition of release, Tullier will have to register as a sex offender.
Castration of sex offenders is legal in eight states. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jidndal signed a bill in 2008 sanctioning the procedure.
"Convicted Louisiana pedophile Francis Phillip Tullier volunteers to be castrated to get out of jail"
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