This is the story of a man who has fathered 14 children without ever being intimate with a woman. How, you ask? Why sperm donation, of course.
“Donorsexual” is what 36-year-old Trent Arsenault from Freemont, California, calls himself. Since 2006, the computer security specialist has been giving away his sperm free of cost, through a one-man sperm bank he runs from home. His service is mainly for couples who are unable to conceive naturally, so they pick up sperm samples from him and use them for artificial insemination. This sure does sound weird not to mention, highly unhygienic. I doubted if this is even permitted legally. Turns out it isn’t. Sperm banks in the U.S. are regulated by the FDA, and they’ve issued Arsenault with a cease-and-desist order. The order is based on the fact that the he did not take the necessary legal precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. He could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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Arsenault, however, has no plans to stop and wants to fight the order. He says that his service helps the financially challenged who cannot afford to shell out thousands of dollars on professional sperm banks, and he’s totally committed to the cause. “I’ve committed 100 percent of my sexual energy for producing sperm for childless couples to have babies. So I don’t have other activity outside of that,” he says. He says his clients contact him because his sperm is “fresh, not frozen.”
Arsenault operates his sperm-bank through his website, trentdonor.org. On the site, he’s provided several details about his physical appearance, ancestry, STD test results and more. He’s even provided details of his lifestyle and diet that consists mainly of organic food. Currently, Arsenault is hoping for a hearing before the FDA commissioner to revoke the order. He hopes that one day, his “techie genes will produce one of the next scientists here in Silicon Valley.”