Sex offender's plea for castration denied

Friday, February 14, 2003

For want of a surgeon, Terry Dennis Simpson, 40, of Green Forest, is going to prison.

Simpson pleaded guilty last summer to rape of a minor female, and proposed that in lieu of serving prison time, he would voluntarily be castrated. Circuit Judge Alan D. Epley agreed to the unusual proposal.

However, according to his attorney, Grey Dellinger of Melbourne, a surgeon could not be found who was willing to perform the operation.

One retired physician said Tuesday night that the surgeons' reluctance was probably due to the risk of major artery damage when performing the procedure on an adult male.

In late Monday court action in Eureka Springs, Simpson was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections with 10 years suspended. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

Court records indicated that Simpson was arrested on Nov. 2, 2001, by Green Forest police in follow-up to an investigation of his having fondled and had sex with a 13-year-old girl over a two-year period.

A physical examination of the girl revealed no evidence of penetration. However, interviews revealed there had been manual penetration of the girl, along with Simpson's self-stimulation.

The original charges were rape, a Class Y felony, and sexual assault, a Class B felony, on Aug. 24, 2001, in Green Forest. The date closely coincided with the girl's birthday, and she said that Simpson had been fondling her for two years prior to that incident.

Prosecutor Tony Rogers said the victim and her mother now reside in Kansas and did not want to return to the state for a trial, and that they were in agreement with the revised sentence.

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