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Va. Bill Would Allow Castration Option For Sex Offenders

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Opponents of Sen. Emmett Hangar's bill say castrating violent sexual predators is a medieval method and should not be a recourse, but Hangar says it could be an effective method to treat those who realize they have a problem, but don't know what to do about it.

"I see this as no different -- that if someone is suffering from a malady, where they are not able to control their actions because of their testosterone levels, among other things, then I think it's an appropriate medical treatment," he says.

The procedure would only be used for those who volunteer for it after they've served their time for an offense.

Under the bill, the State Crime Commission will study not only physical castration but chemical castration, as well as other methods of reintegrating sexual predators into society.

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