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Florida man arrested for botched castration inside Highlands County home

Posted: 1:22 PM, Aug 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-20 13:51:06-04
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HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in Highlands County 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 on Orday Road in Sebring on Sunday, August 18.


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When they arrived, 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.

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

According to a release, 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.

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.