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Student learning to become priest arrested for trying to adopt baby girl to have sex with her

By Mason White 3:43 PM January 31, 2016
Joel Wright 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he attempted to adopt a baby girl from Mexico, so he can rape her.

23-year-old Joel Wright was arrested after he flew from Ohio, to San Diego, California.

Wright was a student at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, where he studied to become a priest. However, he was banned from the school after officials learned about the allegations.

According to the criminal complaint, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) received a tip that Wright was trying to adopt a baby girl.

An undercover officer took over an email account and began corresponding with Wright. He believed that he was still communicating with a Mexican-based male tour guide whom he met after placing an ad on Craigslist.

During the email chats with the undercover investigator, Wright allegedly stated that he wanted to travel to Tijuana, to adopt a child under 3 years old for sex.

Subsequently, Wright booked his flight to San Diego, and made arrangements to meet a friend of the tour guide.

Investigators said that the plan was for Wright and the tour guide to travel to a hotel in Tijuana, where he would meet the female infant.

However, before he left the airport, Wright was taken into custody.