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Ohio seminary student planned to have sex with infant girls

Ohio seminary student planned to have sex with infant girls

Joel A Wright, above, who was studying to be a Catholic priest at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, was arrested on federal charges on Friday, accused of trying to travel to Mexico to sexually assault infant girls.

According to this report, Wright, 23, was arrested by US Immigration and Homeland Security investigators in San Diego on two federal charges of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Wright, 23, was expelled from the Josephinum on Friday morning because he had left school without permission, said the Rev. John Allen, a spokesman for the school. Said Allen in a statement posted on the college website on Friday:

The Pontifical College Josephinum was shocked and saddened to learn today of the alleged criminal actions and alleged criminal intentions of former student Joel Wright.  Such actions are both heinous and reprehensible.

As a Roman Catholic institution actively committed to the protection of all God’s children, we are eager to lend our full cooperation to the civil authorities responsible for investigating and pursuing  justice in these matters.

Wright had been at the school for a semester, Allen said.

Federal agents first learned in July 2014 that Wright had paid a person in Tijuana, Mexico, to adopt a child with the intent of having sex with a female baby. The child was never delivered to him, court records say.

In recent weeks, Wright had been exchanging emails with a person he thought was a tour guide but actually was a federal agent. He stated that he wanted to adopt or own a baby girl younger than three and talked in the email of planning to rape her. Other emails also stated Wright’s intent to shoot video of the assaults, court records say.

This report says Wright is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

Dave Shaw, special agent in charge of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, said in a statement:

Pedophiles who mistakenly believe they can escape justice by committing child sex crimes outside the US should be on notice that HSI will seek to vindicate the rights of those victims regardless of where they live. Fortunately, in this instance, our perseverance and diligence prevented the sexual exploitation of yet another innocent victim.

According to the criminal complaint, an undercover ICE agent received a tip that prompted the agent to take over an email account and begin corresponding with Wright.

The suspect believed he was still communicating with a Mexico-based male tour guide whom he had met after placing an ad on Craigslist. Wright later booked a flight from Ohio and made arrangements to meet the friend of a tour guide at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. He was allegedly planning to travel across the border with the tour guide to a Tijuana hotel, where he would meet the female infants.

The investigation was conducted as part of ICE’s Operation Predator, launched in 2003 and described by the agency as “an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators.” Since the operation’s inception, federal investigators have arrested more than 12,000 individuals for crimes against children.

11 responses to “Ohio seminary student planned to have sex with infant girls”

  1. barriejohn says:

    How very odd; he looks like a veritable Babe Magnet to me.

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    Shuttling rapist clergy from one parish to another, forcing raped children to remain silent, that is the policy of the Roman Catholic Church since 1962. The policy has been known for years…

    https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimen_sollicitationis

    … but each and every time, the laity pretend their rapist clergy are acting in isolation. When legal actions do start to hold the Holy See accountable, they claim diplomatic immunity.

    It takes a few thousand rapist clergy and their handlers to ruin the lives of generations of children. But it takes billions of lay Catholics to keep the rapist clergy in power. That is why I criticize their shameful superstion as a whole, the laity and the rapist clergy alike. They know what is happening and they do nothing.

  3. Angela_K says:

    No no no, that report must be wrong, sex with young boys surely? Ah!, I see he isn’t yet a priest, that explains it.

  4. Steve says:

    Oh I see. He was in training to be a priest. So this would have been his final exam then, right?

  5. Rob Andrews says:

    @barriejohn:

    He remind me of JAY LENO. Late night TV variety show host, here in the states; with that jaw.

  6. Alan Crowe says:

    A 23 year old male having sex with a baby would surely result in serious damage (if not death) for the baby? The bastard should be castrated without anaesthetic.
    Catholicism is a magnet for these fucking perverts, I wonder why?

  7. barriejohn says:

    Rob Andrew: That’s rather unkind to Jay Leno. We in Britain were introduced to him many years ago by that noted atheist, Clive James (now seriously ill, of course), possibly when he took over the Tonight Show. The following is rather good, though I can’t see anything like it being allowed on British TV, as we are far too polite for that!

    https://youtu.be/fkHo91jeh50

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    UN Universal declaration of human rights S11:
    “(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”
    http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

    “Wright, 23, was expelled from the Josephinum on Friday morning because he had left school without permission…”
    “The Pontifical College Josephinum was shocked and saddened to learn today of the alleged criminal actions and alleged criminal intentions of former student Joel Wright.”
    “As a Roman Catholic institution actively committed to the protection of all God’s children, we are eager to lend our full cooperation to the civil authorities responsible for investigating and pursuing justice in these matters.”

    The man is certainly no genius judging by the open way he is supposed to have behaved and the immigration department strung him along for a year and a half without his having committed a complete crime so they cannot have considered him an immediate danger. They do not even seem to have warned the college or tried to arrange psychiatric help with it. Incidentally what was happening in the year before he joined the college?

    The speed with which the college disowned him is remarkable. Considering that Wright has merely been arrested the college should be as eager to help their student as the prosecution. Their dropping the portcullis and raising the drawbridge to him with such haste does in itself seem suspicious. This is not, surely, the Christian way.

    Perhaps I have read too many conspiracy theories over the years but something here is not quite convincing. Perhaps more details will come out at trial.

  9. Adrian White says:

    He made a big mistake;

    If he had stuck to abusing boys he would have been a Cardinal by now.

  10. H3r3tic says:

    Sorry, did I read this correctly? “As a Roman Catholic institution actively committed to the protection of all God’s children, we are eager to lend our full cooperation to the civil authorities responsible for investigating and pursuing justice in these matters.”

    Are these people taking the piss? Do they honestly think we’ve forgotten the decades during which they simply refused to refer allegations of paedophilia to the appropriate authorities and moved priests from parish to parish so that they could acquire new victims? Or the way that they have consistently refused to hand over their internal files to the appropriate authorities? What a bunch of hypocritical cockwombles.

  11. Broga says:

    @H3r3tic: Correct. They are taking the piss and having a laugh at the response from a gullible society when the RCC moves into their sepulchral holier than thou tone.