Wannabe Priest Allegedly Wrote Explicit Online Messages

February 1, 2016

New details about a former Vermont man arrested for allegedly seeking to have sex with infants and young girls in Mexico.

Investigators say 23-year-old Joel Wright was carrying $2,000 in cash along with baby clothes and a bottle in his luggage when he was arrested in San Diego on Friday. According to the criminal complaint, Wright wrote explicit online messages about what he hoped to do with an infant and a 4-year-old girl.

Wright, who went to Burlington High School, was until recently a seminary student in Ohio.

"Shock and sadness that someone who could potentially be entrusted with such sacred trusts could betray them in such a great way. Again, presently the charges against him are allegations. They're grave and they're shocking and they're serious," said Rev. John Allen with Pontifical College.

Joel Wright was featured in several Channel 3 News stories when he was a teenager because he was huge fan of the pope and said he planned to become a priest.








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