Priest-in-training, 23, sentenced to 16 years in jail for trying to buy Mexican infants to rape using a Craigslist ad

Priest-in-training, 23, sentenced to 16 years in jail for trying to buy Mexican infants to rape using a Craigslist ad

  • Joel Wright arrested in February en route to Mexico to meet a family
  • He had posted an ad on Craigslist offering $150 to babysit an infant
  • Told a responding mother in Tijuana that he wanted to rape the baby
  • She handed her account to federal agents, they caught him in San Diego 
  • Former trainee priest Wright, 23, pleaded guilty in April to enticing a minor
  • Jailed for 15 years 8 months on Friday, attorney had asked for 10 months 
Joel Wright

Joel Wright

An Ohio priest-in-training who tried to travel to Mexico to have sex with infants has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Joel Wright, 23, pleaded guilty in April to attempted enticement of a minor, admitting he posted an ad to Craigslist seeking children as young as one year old to molest.

He offered any willing family $150 to babysit their child in 2014.

When a mother in Tijuana, Mexico, responded, he told her wanted to adopt and have sex with her baby. He added that he had bought an outfit for the child to wear and infant pain relief medication.

In February 2016, Wright, a former student at Franciscan University, then traveled to meet the mother – who had alerted authorities and handed over her Craigslist account to federal agents.

When he landed in San Diego he was arrested.

And on Friday, he was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison – a stretch from the 10-month sentence his attorney recommended.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said Wright, who was born severely disabled and has a litany of health problems including blindness, accomplished many things in life but for whatever reason, over the past few years, pursued children, according to KSWB-TV.

‘The circumstances of this case were unspeakable, but today’s sentence assures this individual won’t pose a threat to children any time in the near future,’ Dave Wright, a special ops agent for Homeland Security, told the LA Times after the sentencing.

Wright waived his right to a detention hearing and declined to seek bail after he was arrested in February, the Times of San Diego reported.

After the Tijuana mother reported Wright to Homeland Security investigators via CyberTipline in November last year, an agent took over her account.

Emailing back and forth with the undercover agent, Wright allegedly admitted that he sought to ‘buy’ children in Tijuana to commit sex acts against.

The complaint reveals horrifying details of Wright’s plans.

In one email, Wright allegedly wrote that he hoped a child he believed he was about to rape would resist.

‘If she is angry at me she will be even more fun because she will probably try to get away and it is so much more fun when it is a bit of a struggle – what do you think?’ Wright allegedly wrote on December 6 last year.

Wright, who studied to be a priest at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, initally planned to travel to Mexico on December 11, but got cold feet, stayed home, and stopped emailing with the undercover agent.

But on December 28, he posted another Craigslist ad seeking a ‘female tour guide’ to help him navigate Tijuana.

‘Looking for a female who can help me when I visit and show me local attractions and good food along with places to have fun and introduce me to good people. Please respond with your email and contact information and a pic,’ the ad read.

The same person who originally reported Wright contacted the ad’s sender, and realized the would-be pedophile had resumed his malicious plans.

Again, undercover agents took over the communication.

After Wright wrote to the agent saying he had purchased a ticket to San Diego, the plan was set up to arrest him upon arrival in California.

This picture shows the Craigslist ad Wright allegedly posted on December 28, 2015

This picture shows the Craigslist ad Wright allegedly posted on December 28, 2015



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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on July 3, 2016, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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