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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

VIAGRA FOR RAPIST

A rapist whose victims included "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis got taxpayer-funded Viagra for years, despite his fiendish history, it was revealed yesterday as he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Serial sex predator Leroy Johnson was prescribed the erectile dysfunction pill by doctors at the Bronx-based Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center from early 2003 to mid-2005, according to court records.

The health center stopped doling out the little blue pills to Johnson only after new DNA tests linked him to a 1996 knife-point double rape - bringing his total number of rape victims to five.

Center officials didn't return calls; Johnson's extensive sex crime history would have been available to doctors when they began seeing him in 2002.

Johnson, arrested for the 1996 rapes last year, was convicted June 13.

The health center's Viagra-for-a-rapist treatment plan came to light yesterday as he was slapped with the max for the rapes - and as his two victims gave wrenching accounts of the emotional fallout.


Meanwhile, as Rush Limbaugh is publicly pilloried for having a perfectly legal dose of Viagra in his luggage, so-called "health" centers proceed with dispensing Viagra to sex offenders. I'd like someone to tell me how Viagra is a solution to any public health issue anyone can name.

1 Comments:

Blogger djbaxter said...

Why is this news? or suprising? We've known since the 1980s that rape is not a crime of sexual passion or desire. It's a crime of misogyny, anger, domination, power, humiliation. Viagra may assist people in getting and maintaining an erection. It does not turn people into reapists.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:53:00 PM  

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