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Three Men Accused Of Performing Illegal Castrations
POSTED: 4:22 pm EDT April 2, 2006
UPDATED: 7:40 pm EDT April 2, 2006
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Three North Carolina men have been arrested on charges of performing castrations in Haywood County.
None of the men are licensed to practice medicine and investigators said at least six men from across the U.S. and parts of South America voluntarily went to the home to be castrated.
According to information obtained from the Asheville Citizen Times, Richard Sciara, Danny Reeves and Michael Mendez admitted to performing at least eight surgeries on six people.
The three men were arrested at their home on Peace Mountain Road Thursday. Inside the home, investigators found surgical tools, DVDs and equipment used to record the procedures.
Each of the men are charged with five felony counts of maiming and castrating, another five felony counts of conspiracy and eight misdemeanor counts of practicing medicine and performing surgery without a license.
“The first thing was shock and disbelief that you got something like that going on in the community and our first priority is to protect our children," said Ashville resident Chuck Bates.
All three men are being held in the Haywood County Detention Center on $150,000 bond.
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