Joel Alexander Wright, a former Ohio seminary student, was sentenced yesterday (July 1) to 188 months in federal prison for attempting to adopt or purchase female infants and toddlers in Tijuana so he could sexually molest them. Federal judge Dana M. Sabraw also imposed lifetime supervision on Wright.
In his plea agreement, Wright admitted that he authored numerous sexually explicit emails in which he described to an undercover agent how he intended to sexually assault Mexican children from infants to four years old. He stated in one email that he wanted to "adopt/own a baby girl (under the age of 3) and I want to have intercourse with her…the cheapest baby under 3 would be good."
In another email with an undercover agent, he said he had picked up infant pain-relief medications as well as lubricants.