Sunday, January 27, 2002

Flashing case revives call for castration

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Cincinnati man allegedly caught on video stalking girls at a department store and exposing himself has a history of sex-related offenses.

        Clyde Herald, 48, of 210 W. 8th St. downtown, is a registered sexual predator in Hamilton County who has ad mitted to flashing people at least 1,000 times. His criminal record dates to 1978, court record show, when he was convicted of public indecency and jailed for 15 days.

        In 1995, former Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said he was in favor of castrating Mr. Herald. Mr. Deters made the comment after successfully prosecuting Mr. Herald on charges stemming from showing sexually explicit pictures to an 8-year-old girl whom he tried to molest at a Kenwood bookstore.

        Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, has introduced legislation in Frankfort that would require repeat offenders, such as Mr. Herald, to be chemically castrated.

        “I introduced this bill because what we are doing now doesn't seem to work,” Mr. Crimm said Saturday. “Repeat sexual offenders always seem to end up back on the streets. The courts need to have other options.”

        His plan, modeled after similar programs in 15 states, would require predators to take medication that suppresses their sexual urges. He said the medication is the same drug that is used to treat advanced forms of prostate cancer.

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said he would support similar legislation in Ohio, which does not have any court-mandated sexual offender chemical treatment programs.

        “Mr. Herald is your garden variety pervert, and experts will tell you there is no way to cure them,” Mr. Allen said. “He needs to be locked up as long as possible ... and chemical castration should be an option.”

        Covington Police said Mr. Herald was observed Thursday evening on surveillance video fondling himself and attempting to entice a small girl to touch him at a Value City Department Store in Covington's Latonia neighborhood.

        Mr. Herald was being held Saturday at the Kenton County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 cash bond on the charge of first-degree solicitation of sexual abuse and in lieu of $25,000 bond on a charge of second-degree stalking, according to jail officials.

        Mr. Herald's criminal history includes 1995 convictions on charges in connection to peering up a woman's skirt with a compact mirror at Kenwood Towne Centre and masturbating in a men's clothing store at the same mall.


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