If you’re thinking of purchasing sperm from a donor site, you may want to reconsider!
The couple claims that the donor the company provided for them turned out to be a schizophrenic who has a criminal record and to make matters worse, they allege that the man’s photo was doctored to make him look more attractive.
Details about this bizarre lawsuit below…
According to a suit filed this week in Fulton County Superior Court, the lezz-buns chose to use the services of Xytex Corp., a company based in Augusta, Georgia, which also has offices in Atlanta.
The company tells potential sperm purchasers that they thoroughly vet sperm donors, screening them for their educational backgrounds and health history, among other things, and only selected the top prospects.
According to the lawsuit, Collins and Hanson were told that their then-anonymous donor had an IQ of 160, a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, and that he was working on his PhD in neuroscience engineering. He was also described as an eloquent speaker, mature beyond his years, and healthy.
Seven years later, as a result of a confidentiality breach by Xytex in which emails were sent to recipient families that inadvertently identified the donor, Collins and Hanson found out their donor was James Christian Aggeles.
The couple and other families who had used him as a donor quickly discovered through their own research that he is, according to the suit, schizophrenic, had dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, and that his pictures had been doctored to remove a large mole from his cheek.
They also found out that their baby’s daddy has a criminal past…
Aggeles was charged with one count of burglary in 2005 and his case was discharged in May 2014 under terms of the First Offender Act, said Kimberly Isaza, spokeswoman for the Cobb County District Attorney’s office.
The Superior Court Clerk’s office said he served eight months in jail, with the rest of his 10-year sentence on probation, ending in May 2014.
In the suit, Collins and Hanson claim they have suffered emotional and financial damages due to the false advertising of the sperm bank and now they will have to spend even more money to evaluate and care for their son to ensure he receives any medical treatment and care he may require in the future.
“Had plaintiffs known the true facts,” according to the suit, “plaintiffs would not have purchased sperm from defendants, and plaintiffs have been harmed as a result of defendants’ deceit and fraud.”
Nancy Hersh, a lawyer for the couple, said she is representing about 15 mothers in total who used Aggeles as a donor.
Together they have more than 20 children by him, she said, and they are all concerned about the future health and care of their children because of Aggeles’ medical history.
Only Collins and Hanson have filed suit so far, she added.
What do you think of this ‘false advertising’ lawsuit?
Does the couple have a good case against the sperm bank??