A former Florida teacher who pleaded responsible to sexually abusing students begged a judge to castrate him as punishment — however was as an alternative sentenced to 12 years behind bars, in accordance with a report.
Mark Lua, 32, made the weird request to have his testicles eliminated with the intention to dodge jail time in Pensacola court docket Wednesday, the Pensacola Information Journal reported.
“My actions had been despicable,” Lua instructed First Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser. “I do consider that punishment is important, and I’m requesting chemical castration not solely as a punishment however as an act of solidarity to indicate how sorry I’m for every little thing.”
He added, “In case your honor is so inclined, I’m even prepared to bear bodily castration if that approach I can keep residence and lift my daughter.”
However the judge ignored his request earlier than handing down the sentence, together with 15 years of probation.
Lua, a former English teacher at Booker T. Washington Excessive College in Pensacola, had intercourse with an underage lady and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old former scholar, in accordance with prosecutors. He’s accused of coercing a 3rd scholar to ship him a sexually express video.
He pleaded responsible final 12 months to illegal sexual exercise with a minor and selling a sexual efficiency by a baby.
On Wednesday, prosecutor Erin Ambrose instructed the judge he preyed on weak women.
“He appeared to hunt out women that got here from unstable or troubled houses,” she mentioned. “He manipulated them, and he betrayed them as a result of he was a teacher.”
In the course of the sentencing listening to, Lua additionally claimed to undergo from the genetic dysfunction neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors. He mentioned he typically had panic assaults throughout the time of the sexual abuse.
“If I’m with my household or after I may sit down and browse a e-book, I take into consideration the tumors, and I believe ‘Oh my God, this may be my final day on Earth,’ ” Lua mentioned.
However Ambrose disregarded his plea for sympathy.
“This situation didn’t appear to debilitate him whereas he was trolling the halls, trying for students to have intercourse with,” she mentioned.