Couple sues Georgia sperm bank claiming donor was schizophrenic criminal BY Nina Golgowski NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:12 PM Updated: Friday, April 3, 2015, 6:28 PM www.xytex.com A lesbian couple from Port Hope, Ontario, is suing Xytex Corp., while claiming that their supplied sperm donor was not only unhealthy, a convict and a college dropout, but his photo was doctored. A lesbian couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank after discovering that their donor is a schizophrenic criminal whose photo was also doctored to make him look more attractive, they allege. Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson of Port Hope, Ontario, claim that when they purchased sperm from Xytex Corp. in 2006 they were promised it’d come from a healthy, well-vetted donor, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Their supplied donor was described as having a 160 IQ, a bachelor of science in neuroscience and a master's degree in artificial intelligence. He was also working on his Ph.D. in neuroscience engineering, and was described as healthy, mature beyond his years and an eloquent speaker, their suit claims. He appeared to be any desiring mother's dream. Then the bomb dropped. Just one month before celebrating their son's seventh birthday the couple claims an email sent from Xytex to them and other parents inadvertently identified James Christian Aggeles as their donor. Through their own research they say they discovered Aggeles' medical history, as well him having dropped out of college and having been arrested for burglary in 2005. He served eight months in jail for that incident and another 10 years' probation up until May of last year, AJC reported. His pictures supplied by Xytex Corp. had also been edited to remove a large mole from his cheek, their suit claims. On the company's website — which lists three Ontario distributor sites, another in New Brunswick, N.J., and two more in Atlanta and Augusta — they alleged that their donor candidates undergo a "rigorous qualification procedure" They must have an "acceptable medical history," and must pass "rigorous psychological and genetic screens." They further guarantee donor confidentiality. Responding to the allegations in a statement Friday, Xytex said it "absolutely (denies) any assertion that it failed to comply with the highest standards for testing." It further reiterated its donor testing as including a list of "genetic and infectious diseases," and stated that it is "mindful" of donor and recipient confidentiality while providing a service that can connect the two for potential communication if desired. But with the outraged couple feeling that they were duped, they are suing for emotional and financial damages with them fearing they'll have a long, costly road ahead of them while caring for their son's possible future medical needs. "Had plaintiffs known the true facts," the suit reads, "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 hired by the couple, told AJC that there are more than 20 children from Aggeles. She's representing about 15 mothers who plan to similarly file suit. A request for comment from Xytex was not immediately returned to the Daily News.