Seminarian Joel A. Wright

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus OH. Arrested by federal agents in San Diego 1/29/2016 on charges related to seeking to travel to Tijuana, Mexico to adopt and have sex with multiple female infants. Per court documents, Wright tried to adopt a baby from Mexico in 2014. His mother told news media that at least 40 dioceses and religious orders rejected his applications prior to his admission to Pontifical College. The college dismissed him after his arrest. Pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court 2/25/2016. Pleaded guilty in a plea agreement 4/13/2016. Sentenced 7/1/2016 to 16 years in federal prison and lifetime supervision. On diocese’s list 10/31/2018.

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