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Florida man arrested for botched castration inside home

Posted: 12:19 PM, Aug 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-20 14:19:40-04
Florida man arrested for botched castration inside home

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in Florida have arrested a man for attempting to perform a castration inside his home.

Deputies were called to 74-year-old Gary Van Ryswyk's home located in Sebring, Florida, on Sunday.

When they arrived, Van Ryswyk told a deputy he had just performed a castration on a man and encountered major issues. Deputies found a victim on a bed, bleeding heavily, with a towel over his groin.

The victim was flown to a nearby hospital and is said to be stable.

During their investigation, deputies found two body parts in a pink container, presumed to have belonged to the victim.

Van Ryswyk had set up a room to look like a surgical center and had medical equipment and painkillers inside, according to a release.

A camera was also set up to record the procedure.

Van Ryswyk told deputies he had met the victim on the dark web on a site geared toward people who have a castration fetish.

In addition, Van Ryswyk told deputies he had tried to perform the procedure on the victim last week, but had to delay.

According to a release, Van Ryswyk told the victim that he had experience on animals and had even removed one of his own testicles in 2012.

He also said he had done a similar procedure on a man in a local motel a few years ago. It also did not end well, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

Van Ryswyk was arrested Monday and charged with practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

His bond was set at $250,000.

This story was originally published on WFTS.