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Priest in training uses Craigslist to buy baby for sex

By Mason White 1:31 PM July 3, 2016
Joel Wright 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man of Ohio, who was studying to become a priest, has been jailed after he admitted to trying to purchase a baby to have sex with her.

23-year-old Joel Wright, pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor.

His attorney asked the judge for 10 months in prison, but he was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months.

Wright initially was arrested after he attempted to buy a baby girl from Mexico, so he can rape her. He 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 posted ad on Craigslist looking to babysit young children.

A mother of Mexico, responded to Wright’s ad and he told the woman that he was trying to adopt a baby girl to have sex with her.

The woman contacted police, and an undercover officer took over the email account and began corresponding with Wright.

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.

Wright made plans 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.