Judge Must Deny Mom's Request To Have Son Castrated
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 31, 2002
EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA--William A. Smith, 30, has been in Northampton County Prison since he was arrested for alleged sex crimes with a 5-year-old boy in the summer of 2000. It was the fourth time he faced charges for sexual offenses involving children.
But Smith, who reportedly has mental retardation and an IQ of between 50 and 60, has not been tried for the crime.
A psychiatrist says he is incompetent to stand trial and that he needs to be in a "secure residential setting", not a hospital.
Smith's mother, Linda Macaulay, wants her son released to come home with her.
During a hearing on Tuesday, Smith's attorney asked Macaulay how she could make sure Smith wouldn't act out again.
"I'd take his rights away as a man," McCaulay said, meaning that she would have him castrated.
"Ma'am, you understand I can't order that your son be, as you put it, fixed," Judge Stephen G. Baratta explained. Such castrations are not legal in Pennsylvania.
According to the Morning Call, Baratta said he would rule in December on a petition to have Smith officially declared incompetent and another petition to have him placed in a secure facility.
Court records indicate Smith was charged with sex crimes twice in 1990, and that a 1994 corruption of minors case was dismissed.