Joel Wright, an Ohio seminary student, was arrested in San Diego, California, on his way to Tijuana to purchase a female infant with which to have sexual intercourse. Joel, studying for ordination for the priesthood at Pontifical College Josephinum, was arrested after answering a Craigslist ad that turned out to be a sting operation for Homeland Security.
Wright, 23, has been investigated before. He was discovered in Steubenville, Ohio last year when he posted a Craigslist ad offering to pay a family $150 to allow him to watch their children. The ad suggested that the parents go to a movie or go shopping and leave their children with him. He told parents they could trust him because he was a student at Franciscan University.
Wright e-mailed the undercover agent several times about the transaction, saying that he hoped that the child that he “adopted” would resist his advances because it would be more exciting to rape a child that struggled. He is charged with traveling with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor and attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country. If convicted, he faces 60 years to life in prison.
This is a guy who is specifically using his religious standing to get closer to children and convince their parents to leave them in his care. No surprise at all that he’s Catholic. I guess the question we have to ask is whether his calling to the priesthood predates his interest in young children. Did the theology cause his fetish or did his fetish cause his interest in the theology? You’d think the Catholic Church would have a system in place to weed people like this out, wouldn’t you?
I’m glad that he was caught and hope he gets put away for a very, very long time. Maybe he can organize his own prison ministry while he’s getting buggered up the ass. Child molesters, even potential ones, don’t fare very well in prison. This guy deserves everything that he gets. Maybe it might make him reconsider why religion and pedophilia seem to go hand in hand. We’ve all noticed it, all you have to do is read through the many entries on Horror Show Sunday.