Renowned Sex Offender Expert Offers Insight Into John Burbine Case

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Forensic Psychiatrist Renee Sorrentino Available for Commentary on Chemical Castration

“The goal is the reduction of testosterone levels, which decreases sexual arousal. While early studies were conducted by surgically castrating sex offenders, this has largely been replaced by chemical castration," said Dr. Renee Sorrentino

Yesterday in Boston, accused sex offender John Burbine offered to undergo surgical castration to reduce his sex drive if it means a massive reduction in his sentence, according to a November 20th FOX Boston story.*

Facing more than 40 life sentences for a series of alleged rapes and assaults at Wakefield day care center in charges brought by the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office (complaint # 20121527) at Middlesex Superior Court, Burbine will voluntarily undergo a castration that prevents production of testosterone if his sentence is capped at the legal minimum of 15 years in prison.

One of the leading experts on chemical castration in the U.S., forensic psychiatrist Dr. Renee Sorrentino has provided this biological treatment to sex offenders for more than a decade.

“The goal is the reduction of testosterone levels, which decreases sexual arousal. While early studies were conducted by surgically castrating sex offenders, this has largely been replaced by chemical castration, which is the use of testosterone-lowering medications to create a castration state,” said Dr. Sorrentino, clinical director of the Institute for Sexual Wellness.

Dr. Sorrentino continued, “This includes antiandrogen treatment which blocks production or interferes with the action of male sex hormones or hormonal treatment which causes a lowering in testosterone production by negative inhibition through the hypothalamus. ”

For additional insight from Dr. Sorrentino, such as the impact SSRIs can have on sex offenders, the impact Burbine’s offer might have on his sentencing, the ethical and legal implications and more, please contact Jill Monahan at 610.488.2820 or jmonahan(at)monahancomm(dot)com.

About the Institute for Sexual Wellness:

The Institute for Sexual Wellness is a comprehensive clinic devoted to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with problematic sexual behaviors. Providing innovative, evidence-based treatment therapies for sex offenders, ranging from behavioral treatment to group or individual therapy to pharmacological treatment such as chemical castration, The Institute for Sexual Wellness make communities safer for women, children and families. Led by Dr. Sorrentino, a board-certified forensic psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, her expertise makes it possible to rule out medical reasons for sexual misbehavior. For more information go to http://www.instituteforsexualwellness.org.

*http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/24020911/judge-denies-burbines-request-for-funds-to-be-castrated#.Uo4quNJSMqc.email

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