A man once described as a “perfect donor” at an August, Georgia sperm bank and who fathered at least 36 children around the world is actually a mentally ill felon whose lies on his donor forms went undiscovered for more than a decade.
The Toronto Star reported last week that 39-year-old Chris Aggeles, known as Donor 9323 by the global sperm bank Xytex, purported to be a healthy man with an IQ of 160 who speaks five languages and is an acclaimed musician working on a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience engineering.
But Aggeles is actually a college dropout who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and narcissistic personality disorder, according to the Star. The newspaper reported Aggeles also has a history of run-ins with the law for burglary, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence.
Families only began to unravel the discrepancy after Xytex inadvertently revealed Aggeles’ identity in an email. Now, three Canadian families with children between four and eight years old are suing the sperm bank, alleging the firm allowed Aggeles to continue selling his sperm even after they discovered he provided misinformation.
The company, which used the donor’s sperm to conceive at least 36 children in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, maintains it did nothing wrong and said in an open letter that it relies on the honor system for donors’ self-reported medical history and personal information.
Angie Collins, whose 8-year-old son is among the children fathered by Aggeles and is involved in the lawsuit, told the Star she first learned of Aggeles’ medical history when she received a Facebook message from another woman who used his sperm.
“It just kept getting worse and worse,” Collins told the Guardian. “It was like a dream turned nightmare in an instant.”
While Collins said her son hasn’t shown signs of mental illness, his life “could just turn on a dime in puberty.”