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74-Year-Old Florida Man Arrested After Performing Botched Castration On Another Man He Met On A Eunuch Fetish Site

Just when you thought Florida was in the clear from crazy headlines as of late, the sunshine state has dropped the ball once again.

A 74-year-old man in Highlands County, Florida was arrested after botching a castration surgery on a male who sought him out on a dark web site featuring eunuch fetishism.

Gary Van Ryswyk was charged with the second-degree felony of practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury.

Just before midnight on Sunday, deputies responded to Van Ryswyk’s hung-up 911 call from his residence on Orday Road where he attempted cutting the testicles off the man.

He answered the door when the deputies arrived and explained he removed the testicles from a 53-year-old “patient” he met on “a website for those that have a fetish for castration.”

They found the victim lying on the bed and bleeding out uncontrollably from his groin as a result of complications from closing the wound.

A jar containing his testicles was close by.

Deputies described the room had been set up like a makeshift surgical center with medical equipment.

Van Ryswyk acquired forceps, scalpels, and painkillers he’d purchased online from England.

Additionally, a camera was set up, though it wasn’t evident at the time if the procedure was being recorded or livestreamed.

In a Facebook post, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office prefaced their report with:

“This one is a little … let’s just say sensitive. You could even say it’s kinda nuts.”

They continued:

“He told the deputy he had just performed a castration on a man and, to say the least, Van Ryswyk had dropped the ball on this one.”

“These are pretty routine and deputies respond to many of them per shift. But most of them don’t make the cut when it comes to being memorable.”

The victim was taken to a regional medical center in Tampa for “life-saving measures” and is currently in stable condition.

Scott Dressel, the public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, told BuzzFeed News the man’s testicles were taken to the hospital.

Dressel was unable to confirm whether the organs were reattached; however, he added:

“I don’t know if he would even want that.”

The botched surgery was a second attempt.

The pair met a week before for the procedure, but it was delayed due to the patient ejaculating while Van Ryswyk was sanitizing his penis.

Van Ryswyk told the individual, whose name was not released, that he had performed castration on animals during his youth when he grew up on a farm.

He later admitted to performing the procedure on himself in 2012 and on another man whose name he couldn’t recall in a motel a few years ago.

That one also did not end well.

The man went to the hospital,” wrote the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, “but law enforcement was not notified.”

Florida’s reputation remains upheld with this addition to its lineup of kooky characters.

Van Ryswyk is being held in jail on a $250,000 bond.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1