Trent Arsenault is one of a growing movement in the nation where women are finding men who are willing to sire children with a variety of women for no charge. Arsenault of Fremont, California is 36, and is described as “single, blond, athletic, 6-feet, 1-inch tall, half German and one-quarter Irish, and a former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman.” He must also be French in some manner given his last name of Arsenault is fairly well known among French-Canadian genealogists.
Since 2006, Arsenault has sired fifteen children including a set of twins. Some of the pregnancies have ended in miscarriages as well. Arsenault has all of this information on his website including pictures of his life in chronological order. He also makes it clear that he is free of sexual transmitted diseases and includes the recent test results on the site.
Arsenault informed ABC News that he considers himself a ‘donorsexual’. He has made a total of 328 semen donations to a total of fifty women, many of whom are lesbians in the San Francisco area. He does not do this anonymously and is willing to have the children reach him in the future.
As the news report states:
He is part of a do-it-yourself fertility movement that caters to couples and single women who say they cannot afford the high cost of sperm banks. They also want their children to know their biological father.
Three Google sites, at least six Yahoo Groups and a dozen more fee-based websites cater to those looking for free sperm donors, according to a recent article in Newsweek. Most are in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Arsenault is strict about how often he is willing to donate- and that is once every twenty-four hours. According to the report “Fifteen minutes before the “hand-over,” he gets a text message from the prospective mother and downs a vitamin-rich slushy made of blueberries, kiwis and flax seed. Then he ejaculates into a sterile cup, one of 200 a year he buys for $50 online from Amazon. Women typically do the artificial insemination right afterwards, filling a latex cup with the fresh semen and placing it on their cervix.
Keri and Amber Pigott-Robertson have a one year old daughter because of this arrangement, and the couple arranged for Arsenault to meet their daughter. Amber stated “When he saw her for the first time, his face just lit up. He was a perfect match. He gave us what we had been longing for, what we felt would complete us. So there’s no expressing how much gratitude I have for him . People like Trent come once in a lifetime.”
Arsenault does not expect to have a family of his own, but has said that “It’s just a service I provide. My involvement is limited because I work so much, up to 60 or 70 hours a week.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Arsenault’s services are not a private affair. Last fall, agents informed him that he had to stop manufacturing sperm, which is rather strange given that men produce them all the time. The government thinks of him as a firm, though, and feel that he is not providing adequate protections against any communicable diseases. He is appealing the order to stop manufacturing sperm, but could face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in prison. He has argued that this is a form of sex and not subject to government control.