Sebring, Fla. - The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office shared what they call a “sensitive” arrest on their Facebook page writing, “You could even say it’s kinda nuts.”
Deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call at a Sebring home Sunday, to discover Gary Van Ryswyk had just performed a castration on another man he met on the dark web at a sight for people with a castration fetish.
Deputies found the victim on the bed with a towel over his groin, which was bleeding heavily.
Nearby, there was a pink container which held two body parts that deputies say, “had recently been much closer to the victim.”
The Sheriff said in the Facebook post that “Van Ryswyk had dropped the ball on this one.”
The victim was taken to the hospital and was later flown to a regional medical center where he is listed in stable condition.
Van Ryswyk admitted to investigators that he told the victim he had experience performing the procedure on animals and had even removed one of his own testicles in 2012.
Deputies say Van Ryswyk had planned to operate on the victim a week earlier, but had to delay it after trying to sanitize the area.
He also said he had done a similar procedure on a man in a local motel a few years ago, which also did not turn out well.
Van Ryswky could not remember the name of that victim, who he said also went to the hospital, but law enforcement was not notified.
The 74-year-old 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.
Anyone who has information about Van Ryswyk is asked to call Det. Roger St. Laurent at 863-402-7250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips can also be left anonymously on the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office app or through Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.