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N.C. Castration Suspects Given Lawyers

April 4, 2006

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Three men arrested last week on charges they castrated people at a sadomasochistic ``dungeon″ in the western North Carolina mountains were given court-appointed lawyers at a brief hearing Monday.

Richard Sciara, 61, Michael Mendez, 60, and Danny Reeves, 49, were charged Thursday with castration without malice, practicing medicine without licenses and conspiracy.

Investigators from the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office have said at least six men traveled from the United States and other countries to have their genitals mutilated and be trained as sex slaves at a rural house south of Hazelwood, about 30 miles west of Asheville.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday that Sciara placed an ad the day before his arrest on a Web site that deals with domination.

In the ad, Sciara wrote, ``This is NOT a game with Me, I live this lifestyle, have currently 1 live in 24/7 slave, whom I Own. Looking to train other slaves and to add to My stable of slaves also. Am always open to giving experiences and expanding limits, but only with Male slaves and subs (submissives).″

Investigators have said the castrations and other operations were performed between June 2004 and November 2005 in a room off the home’s carport that was referred to as ``the dungeon.″ They believe all the participants were willing.

Haywood County Sheriff Tom Alexander said the men were in the county jail Monday.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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