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'CHEMICALLY CASTRATED' RAPIST ADMITS NEW SEX ATTACKS

Years after a convicted rapist agreed to go through a highly publicized "chemical castration" as part of his probation, he has pleaded guilty to new sex crimes, and police are investigating him in connection with up to 75 more.

Joseph Frank Smith -- dubbed the Ski Mask Rapist when he was convicted of raping the same woman twice in San Antonio, Texas, in 1983 -- agreed to impotence-causing injections as a condition of his probation.

He moved to the Richmond area after his conviction and appeared on television's "60 Minutes" in 1984 as a success story for chemical castration.

Officials at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, where he commuted for his treatments, said at the time that chemical castration suppressed the sexual appetite of offenders and made it easier to treat them.

But now authorities believe Smith, 45, is responsible for as many as 75 more sex-related crimes since 1987, said Toby Vick, commonwealth's attorney in suburban Henrico County. He has been charged and convicted in two cases.

Among the charges he was convicted of Wednesday: breaking and entering, aggravated sexual battery and two counts of attempted oral and anal sodomy in a June 1993 attack, committed a decade after his original conviction.

Smith, a truck driver, faces up to 60 years in prison and a $200,000 fine at his sentencing Feb. 3.

Smith's attorney, John K. Honey Jr., told the Associated Press he does not believe Smith continued his chemical castration treatments for the full 10 years of his probation.

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