Florida man who botched castration met victim on dark web fetish site, deputies say

Florida man who botched castration met victim on dark web fetish site, deputies say

Gary Jon Van Ryswyk

Deputies responding to a hang-up 911 call were stunned to learn a Florida man had performed a castration on another man that did not end well, according to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.      
The Sheriff’s Office said Gary Jon Van Ryswyk, 74, was arrested Monday at a home in Sebring after they found the other man bleeding heavily in a room that was set up to resemble a surgical center with medical equipment and painkillers.
Deputies said there was a camera in the room recording the procedure.
Van Ryswyk told deputies he had met the victim on a site on the dark web that caters to people with a castration fetish, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“He told the victim that he had experience on animals and had even removed one of his own testicles in 2012,” a news release said.
The victim was taken to the hospital and was later flown to a regional medical center. He is listed in stable condition.
The news release also said Van Ryswyk told deputies he had performed a similar procedure on a man in a motel a few years ago that also ended badly. That man went to the hospital, but law enforcement officers were not notified.
Van Ryswyk was charged with practicing medicine without a license, resulting in bodily injury, which is a second-degree felony. His bail was set at $250,000.