Twisted donor gave lesbians his sperm but was hiding ‘Fragile X’ gene condition

A twisted sperm donor who gave samples to lesbian women while knowing he had an inheritable condition insists he did a "good thing" and that the "full truth will come out".

James MacDougall, 37, used social media to donate privately to lesbian women who would go on to have his children, a court in Derby heard.

Unbeknownst to the woman, MacDougall carries Fragile X, a genetic condition that can cause learning disabilities, facial disfigurement and cognitive impairment, according to an exclusive report from the Daily Mail.

This condition means he would not be able to donate sperm through an official donation clinic.

But speaking to the paper, MacDougall insisted he had done a good thing by "giving them children".

He said: "I haven't done anything wrong. I did a good thing by helping these women, I gave them children but people are saying that I was not honest.

"The full truth will come out. I'm very angry and upset."

His protestations of innocence were backed up by his adoptive mum June MacDougall, 73, who told the paper he was "kind-hearted but gullible".

She said: "He just wanted to help those people, help those women in a gay relationship fulfil their dreams and become parents.

"He didn't seek any money, as far as we are aware, for providing that service, he just did it."

MacDougall's identity was only revealed as he brought a case to Family Court in an attempt to gain parental access to four of the children born from these arrangements.

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Tragically, some of his children are already showing signs of the condition.

One 25-year-old woman named only as SW had two children now aged two and three from MacDougall after contacting him through an advert, with her first-born currently non-verbal and showing "challenging" behaviour.

The court heard that the woman had difficulty reading a complex legal contract she signed for him and did not look at the section where he mentioned Fragile X without giving an explanation of the condition.

She made contact with him soon after the child's birth and after a number of visits he eventually moved in to her house during the first national lockdown in early 2020, before being asked to leave in June 2020.

During his time at the house he reportedly made sexual comments towards the mum and showered with the child at least twice.

MacDougall was refused access to their children, and the judge took the unusual step of naming him publicly in order to prevent any other women from using him as a sperm donor.

He was also forbidden from applying to the court for the next three years.

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