Alleged Informant : Joel Wright Told Me He Wanted to Have Sex with a Baby
By Tylar Bacome
February 3, 2016
10TV is the only news outlet to speak with the Mexican man who says that Joel Wright, the former seminary student at the Pontifical College Josephinum, wanted him to buy an infant to allegedly rape.
The man said he responded to a Craigslist ad in Tijuana in 2014, where Wright initially asked for a tour guide. According to the man, Wright then asked him to find a Mexican woman to marry and later began e-mailing him about buying a baby.
He says in the fall of 2015, Wright's conversations with him began shifting toward having sex with a child. "He told me straight out he wanted to have sex with a baby," the man told 10TV exclusively. "Not even older than two years." The man added that Wright sent him weekly installments totaling roughly $1,500 via Western Union. He also says Wright communicated with him through Skype two to three times and that it appeared he was sitting in some sort of office.
The man says he notified the FBI once Wright began talking about his desire to have sex with infants. A short time later, the man claims he met with Homeland Security officials at the United States Consulate in Mexico.
Joel Wright remains in federal custody in San Diego, California and faces two felony charges. He’s due in court Thursday, when a judge will determine if he can bond out of prison. Prosecutors are expected to argue that Wright is a flight risk, a danger to the public, and should remain locked up.
10TV has also uncovered new information on Wright's pursuit of child sex in Ohio. According to a police report last May from the Steubenville Police Department, Wright placed an ad on Craigslist offering to pay parents up to $150 to watch and babysit their young children.