Ohio Man Jailed 16 Years For Attempting To Buy Female Toddlers In Mexico For Sexual Intercourse

A 23-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to 16-years in prison for attempting to buy female toddlers in Mexico for sexual intercourse, according to NBC San Diego. At the beginning of November, 2015, Joel Alexander Wright of Columbus, posted an advertisement on Craigslist Tijuana, seeking a “female tour guide.”

Documents stated that Wright was hoping to find someone who would help him get to Mexico to buy and have sexual intercourse with female toddlers. When an individual, whose name has not been released, responded to the advertisement, Wright didn’t hesitate to get to the point. He reportedly told the individual that he was actually looking to “adopt or own a baby girl (under the age of three) in Mexico, and I want to have intercourse with her after I own her, but don’t be telling people.”

“I won’t pay until I have seen the baby, and I will pay the parents then — the cheapest baby under three would be good.”

It was not immediately clear if that individual contacted the Ohio Police Department, but shortly after Wright posted the advertisement on Craigslist Tijuana, an undercover agent contacted Wright via email.

Unbeknownst to Wright, – who was “born severely disabled and has a litany of health problems, including blindness” – he had been communicating with an undercover police officer for several weeks via email, sending numerous messages, including one where he stated that he was preparing for the toddler’s arrival.

According to court documents, the email stated that he bought pain reliever medicine for the toddler and a “pretty outfit that would fit a one or two-year-old.”

However, after several months, Wright believed that his search for a female toddler in Mexico was over. On January 29, Wright got on a plane and flew to the San Diego International airport after the undercover agent, whom he had been communicating with via email, informed him that he had located several female toddlers in Mexico for him to buy and have sexual intercourse with.

After Wright landed in San Diego, he immediately called the undercover agent to inform him that he had arrived, according to Fox 5 San Diego. In lieu of the undercover agent meeting him at the airport, Wright was greeted by several agents with the Homeland Security Investigation and was arrested at the scene.

Police officials later uncovered that he arrived with two cellular devices and a “duffel bag, containing baby clothes, sleep aids, bottles, toys, candy and lubricant.”

The U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy stated that “there are no words to describe the horror that might have happened, had an innocent baby been placed in this man’s arms. This defendant represents the darkest of demon.”

“His attempted crime was unthinkable. I applaud our law enforcement partners for stopping Wright in his tracks, and for all their efforts to keep children safe from individuals who have a sexual interest in children both here in the United States and abroad.”

Before Wright’s sentencing, his defense attorney, Gregory Murphy, informed the court that his client’s recent behavior is the “contrary to what he’s done his whole life.” He went on to say that since Wright was a child, he has shown interest in becoming a priest and had even enrolled at the Pontifical College Josephinum.

Murphy added that “he’s committed to getting back to the person he was now that his secret is out.'”

However, prosecutor Andrew Haden added that Wright is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing’ who wanted to prey upon non-verbal children. This is an extraordinary and shocking set of facts.”

“This is a crime that is notoriously underreported.”

After Joel Alexander Wright pleaded guilty to “attempted enticement of a minor” in April, U.S. District Judge Dana Judge Sabraw sentenced him to 16 years in prison, stating that although he “accomplished many things in life, but for whatever reason, over the past few years, he pursued children, which is an extremely predatory sign.”

Although Wright was diagnosed with paraphilia, which is a “condition characterized by unusual sexual desires,” Judge Sabraw believes that he could be rehabilitated upon release.

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