Man Ordered to Undergo Physical Castration After Assaulting Teen Girl

Springfield, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and ordered to undergo physical castration after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux announced. This marks the first instance of physical castration being ordered in the state, according to Assistant District Attorney Brad Cascio.

Glenn Sullivan, Sr., 54, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree rape on April 17. As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Sullivan agreed to be physically castrated. Judge William Dykes handed down the sentence on Monday.

Cascio, the prosecutor in the case, stated that he believed the severity of the crime warranted such action. He emphasized the importance of seeking justice for the victims of sex crimes, particularly against juveniles. “I intend on using every tool the legislature is willing to give us, including physical castration, to seek justice for the children in our community,” he said.

The investigation by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office began in July 2022 after a young woman came forward alleging that Sullivan had raped her multiple times when she was 14 years old. The victim later became pregnant, and a DNA test confirmed Sullivan’s paternity.

Detectives discovered that Sullivan had groomed the victim and used threats of violence against her and her family to silence her. Sullivan opted for surgical castration, where the testicles are removed, as mandated by the court.

District Attorney Perrilloux commended LPSO Detective Ryan Bernard, Cascio, and the courageous young victim for their roles in bringing Sullivan to justice. Perrilloux acknowledged the difficulty faced by survivors in reporting sex crimes due to fear and praised the victim’s bravery in speaking the truth despite threats and adversity.

The case highlights the ongoing efforts to strengthen legislation to protect victims of sexual assault, with physical castration being considered as a punitive measure for convicted offenders. The landmark decision to order physical castration in this case serves as a deterrent and underscores the severity of the crime committed.

Sex crimes against juveniles are among the most insidious offenses, and it is crucial to support and empower survivors to come forward. The sentencing of Sullivan sends a strong message that such crimes will be met with severe consequences, setting a precedent for justice in the community.