A 23-year-old man from Ohio who was a seminarian for a semester at the Pontifical College in Columbus has been sentenced to a lengthy federal prison as a result of his disgusting attempt to have sex with infants.
A judge for the California Southern District Court accepted Joel Anderson Wright’s guilty plea and sentenced him to 188 months in prison — or, more than 15 years. Additionally, he’ll be on lifetime supervised release.
Federal agents were acting on knowledge that Wright was seeking to have sex with infants in Mexico. When Wright was busted, he was carrying $2,000 in cash along with baby clothes and a bottle in his luggage, a Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said .
Wright had previously traveled to Tijuana in an unsuccessful attempt to adopt a child, authorities said.
The former student at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus tried in 2014 to adopt a child in Mexico — going so far as to hand over an “adoption fee” in a Tijuana hotel room — and more spelled out in explicit online messages what he hoped to do with an infant and a 4-year-old girl.
Asked in an email if he’d previously had sex with infants, Wright responded: “I have not gone all the way before but I have made it very close in the past so I do have experance (sic).”
In another email Wright said, “I want to adopt / own a baby girl (under the age of 3) and I want to have intercourse with her after I own her but don’t be telling people that.”
There are even worse details in the criminal complaint.
Wright was charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Wright placed an ad on the Tijuana Craigslist site in July 2014 that sought to adopt a child, but didn’t succeed when the person who responded — called the “reporting person” in the complaint — took his money and never returned.
The same person, using a different email address, responded to another Craigslist ad from Wright in July 2015. Wright initially said he was interested in marrying a woman and adopting a child, but eventually revealed he wanted to have sex with infants, according to the complaint.
Homeland Security received a tip about Wright and an agent took over the reporting person’s latest email account and began corresponding with Wright, the complaint said.
The agent bought a plane ticket for Wright so he could fly to San Diego, but Wright balked and said in an email that he didn’t want to be contacted again, according to the complaint.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.