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Australian Sperm Donor Who Fathered 23 Children in a Year Reportedly Under Investigation

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An Australian man is under investigation after fathering 23 kids in one year via sperm donation.

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  • 40- year-old Alan Phan of Brisbane has been unofficially named Australia’s most prolific sperm donor. Pham has two children of his own with his wife. The Fertility Society of Australia only permits fertility clinics to allow 10 women to use the same donor. This includes the partner of the donor. Meaning Phan was only meant to donate his sperm to a maximum of nine other women. The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority (VARTA)-responsible for managing donor registers- is now investigating him for producing too many offspring.
  • In a statement, Phan explained his initial intentions were to donate nine times and be done. He said, “Then I received a message from a lady around Christmas saying the donation was successful, which became my tenth. I thought, ‘Well, I’ve already gone over my limit, I’ll just help a few more,’ and it kind of blew out. Some of the original recipients weren’t too happy about it.” He donated through registered clinics and privately through an online group called Sperm Donation Australia. When donating to the clinic, men are required to sign forms stating they have not exceeded their limit. Nonetheless, Phan admitted it was hard for him to turn women away, knowing their desperation for a child.
  • The 40-year-old alleged he was the only Vietnamese man donating sperm in Australia when he first started. Phan says because of his ethnicity and success rate, his sperm was in high demand. Some women flew in from other parts of the country to use him as a donor. He even confessed to donating to three women in one day. Phan said donating was a hobby, but it felt like a full-time job. In order to maintain healthy sperm, he worked out daily, consumed an excessive amount of vitamins, and ceased sexual activity.
  • In his crusade to help people start families, Phan still hurt others along the way. A patient from one of the clinics he donated to, Number 1 Fertility, is now unable to use her embryos that were produced using Phan’s sperm. Daily Mail UK reported this had caused her “extreme stress.” The Chief Executive Officer of VARTA, Louise Johnson, said they are in the early stages of his investigation and need to make sure no more babies are born with his sperm.
  • Johnson clarified that once a clinic is aware of a donor forming more than ten families, they can no longer keep his sperm. In the same way, she said clinics “cannot use embryos already created using his sperm for a recipient who has not already had a child using that donor’s sperm.” The Chief Executive called Phan’s actions “sad and naive.”

Founder of Sperm Donor Australia, Adam Hooper, believe’s Phan’s investigation will lead to donors using fake identities and recipients not registering their donors. Altogether he says, “this is a recipe for disaster.”

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U.S. Soldier Arrested in Plot to Blow Up 9/11 NYC Memorial

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A U.S. Army soldier was arrested in Georgia on charges that he plotted to blow up the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East. (Inset: FB via United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Alejandra Villa-Pool/Getty Image)

A U.S. Army soldier was detained Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he talked online about plans to blow up New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and other monuments and assault U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, officials said.

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  • Cole James Bridges from Stow, Ohio, was in custody on charges of attempted material support of a terrorist organization, the Islamic State group, and attempted murder of a military member, stated Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.
  • The 20-year-old soldier, also identified as Cole Gonzales, was with the Third Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, when he believed he was chatting with the Islamic State online about the terrorism plots, Biase mentioned.
  • According to a criminal objection in Manhattan federal court, Bridges entered the U.S. Army in September 2019 and was appointed a cavalry scout in Fort Stewart. Unknown to Bridges, an FBI employee was in on the chat. Biase said Bridges gave detailed instructions on tactics and manuals and information about attacking the memorial and other New York City targets.
  • “As we allege today, Bridges, a private in the U.S. Army, betrayed our country and his unit when he plotted with someone he believed was an ISIS sympathizer to help ISIS attack and kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East,” William F. Sweeney Jr., head of New York City’s FBI office stated in a press release.

“Fortunately, the person with whom he communicated was an FBI employee, and we were able to prevent his evil desires from coming to fruition,” he continued.

  • According to court papers, he communicated his frustration with the U.S. military and his desire to help the Islamic State group. The criminal complaint stated he then gave training and guidance to professed Islamic State fighters who were plotting attacks, including advice about potential targets in New York City, including the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Bridges also outlined specific military tactics to help the terrorist group’s fighters kill U.S. troops, including the best way to strengthen an encampment to resist an attack by U.S. Special Forces and how to wire specific buildings with explosives to kill the U.S. troops, the complaint said.

He was programmed to make a first appearance in federal court in Georgia on Thursday. It was not instantly clear who would represent him.

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Texas Man Who Stormed Capitol Accused of Threat To Shoot Children If They Turned Him In

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A man part of the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested and accused of threatening to shoot children if turned in. 

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  • Guy Reffitt was apart of the U.S. Capitol storming. He was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority. In an NBC News report, Reffitt traveled from Dallas to Washington with a pistol in hand to “protect his country.” 
  • According to police statements, Reffitt wore a black helmet and a tactical vest to the Capitol. His son reported he wore a GoPro camera on his helmet as well. Video footage of Reffitt saw him appearing to flush his eyes out with water.
  • Refit allegedly threatened his family. He told his daughter he would “put a bullet through” her cellphone if she revealed him on social media. His wife told authorities that Refit threatened his children not to turn him in, saying, “you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot.” 
  • Reffitt was a member of the far-right 3 Percenters militia group. His wife added that he often expressed extreme statements. She did not believe he would ever go through with his words. 
  • After his arrest Saturday, Refit told police he went to the capital but never went inside. Records do not show whether he has an attorney. 

Reffitt is among many others arrested after the riot at the Capitol. Over 300 cases have been opened in relation to the riot. 

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Trans Man Killed Amid Puerto Rico’s ‘Wave of Homophobic and Transphobic’ Violence

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Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín.via Facebook

Authorities from Puerto Rico are investigating the death of a transgender man found with multiple gunshot wounds on Jan. 9.

What We Know:

  • WAPA, a local news station, stated a motorist was driving on a dark section of highway in Trujillo Alto, a town about 15 miles southeast of San Juan when she hit something. As she stepped out of her vehicle, she recognized it was a dead body and informed the police, who identified the victim as Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín.
  • Police originally misgendered Damián, who had posted his current home as Juncos on Facebook, less than 15 miles from Trujillo Alto. Homicide director Lt. José Padín, with the criminal investigation unit in nearby Carolina, stated to the San Juan Daily Star, Damián “had no identifications nor were there family members who were able to identify him beforehand.”
  • According to the Daily Star, his mother and stepfather were ultimately able to identify his body but used his birth name. “His mom told me that he would always prefer for others to call him Samuel, Sam, or Sammy when he was out in the streets,” Padín mentioned.
  • The founder of the LGBTQ advocacy group Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, Pedro Julio Serrano, stated police aren’t doing sufficient enough to deal with “the wave of homophobic and transphobic violence that haunts us like never before.”

“They are violating us, they are hunting us and they are killing us while Wanda Vázquez and her government turn a blind eye,” said Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBTQ advocacy group, in a statement.

  • Puerto Rico’s hate crime law incorporates both sexual orientation and gender identity, but, according to Metro Weekly, local prosecutors rarely apply them. There are not enough investigations being done in the crimes, and it truly does not seem a priority. Sadly, Damián is not the only victim of such heinous crimes.
  • Two trans women  Layla Peláez, 21, and Serena Angelique Velázquez, 32, were found inside a burned-out car in Humacao last spring. Penélope Díaz Ramírez, 31, was beaten and hanged in a men’s prison in Bayamon. In February, Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, also known as Alexa, was shot to death in Toa Alta. Yampi Mendez Arocho and  Michelle Michellyn Ramos Vargas were also killed.
  • The Transgender Law Center mourned Damian’s murder in a tweet Wednesday, expressing, “We are horrified at what you experienced in your last moments. Trans men deserve dignity and the chance to thrive.”

  • In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, Damián posted on Facebook about his excitement for the “new year to come.”

“[I’m] grateful for all the experiences that taught me how strong we really are,” he wrote. “To life, to good and bad, and for all justice that is to come forth.”

No motive or suspects have been found. Damián is the seventh known transgender individual murdered by the violence in Puerto Rico since last February.

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