Donating sperm was a quick way for Chris Aggeles to make money from 2000 to 2014. Although he lied on his donation forms, he seemed to show no remorse. Because of his lies, sperm donations from Aggeles were used to produce 36 children. Now those children will need to deal with the genetic ramifications of having Aggeles, an ex-con and liar with schizophrenia, as their biological father.
Besides the donation of schizophrenia, Aggeles lied about many things when he went to donate sperm to sperm bank Xytex between 2000 and 2014. Besides claiming to be a “genius” with an IQ of 160, he also pretended he spoke four languages fluently. These lies earned him more money for his donation of sperm but also made his specimen more attractive to would-be mothers.
After his sperm was used to create three dozen children, the truth about Chris Aggeles came out. He was found to be a mental health patient with a lengthy criminal record. Although he now claims to feel terrible that unsuspecting people used his sperm to create children, the fact remains that his lies hurt people.
Aggeles apologized to his victims during a podcast interview for the program called Donor 9623. The interview came six years after the sperm bank accidentally published his name, which sparked lawsuits.
While his sperm donation form claimed he was a genius Ph.D. candidate who spoke four languages, he truly was an ex-convict who served time for burglary and dealt with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
During the podcast interview, he talked about how he feels terrible for what he did to his dozens of victims.
“I hope that the families involved, and particularly the children involved, can find it in their hearts to forgive me,” Aggeles told podcast host Dov Fox in an interview. “I’m sorry for betraying their trust, it was a s***ty thing, and I’m not happy about it. I feel terrible about it, I really do.”
In 2000, Aggeles needed cash quickly. As a college dropout, then 23-year-old Aggeles worked as a restaurant waiter while trying to build a career as a drummer.
“One of my roommates had seen an advertisement in one of the student newspapers and thought I would be a good candidate. It’s a way to earn income,” he said on the podcast. “It was a way for me to provide some stability in my life. It was an honor in a lot of ways. I felt like I was special somehow.”
He went on to visit the sperm bank very often, becoming a very prolific donor. He shared his sample twice per week to cash in as much as possible.
However, he failed to mention some pertinent information that would have changed his eligibility to donate. In 1999, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia after he reported auditory hallucinations in high school (he heard someone repeating his name over and over again while he tried to sleep). However, he claims the true diagnosis was schizophreniform disorder.
He leaves his biological children with this message:
“I hope that they have long, happy, prosperous, peaceful lives. I hope they don’t hold a grudge against me. I hope that they realize that I’m imperfect to be sure, but my intent was not malicious,” he said on the podcast. “I do hope at some point I am able to meet if not all of them at least some of them.”
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