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Man, 36, Claims Ex-Girlfriend Stole Sperm to Impregnate Herself

Getty Images(LONG ISLAND, N.Y.) -- A father of 4-year-old twins is claiming his ex-girlfriend stole his sperm and impregnated herself at a fertility clinic and is now suing for full custody of his sons.

Joseph Pressil, who currently lives in Long Island, N.Y., had moved to Houston, Texas to be with his ex, and even bought a house there. Now, he says, he has no plans to go back.

"This was so shocking to me," Joseph Pressil told ABC News. "I met her in Miami, Fla., in May 2006. I remember that day," said Pressil, 36. "That was the beginning of the end."

The couple broke up at the end of November that same year and just three months later she told him she was pregnant. They eventually proved paternity with a DNA test, and Pressil, a telecommunications manager, began paying more than $800 a month in child support.

Then, this February, he discovered a receipt in his mailbox for sperm cryopreservation.

Confused, he called the company that had sent him the paperwork, Omni-Med Laboratory. They referred him to the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas where a manager asked him to sign a medical release form.

He told ABC News that he never heard back, so he decided to pay a visit in person. According to the lawsuit, the manager said the clinic assumed he and his ex were married when they performed the successful in vitro fertilization procedure that resulted in the birth of his twins. The clinic refused to share anything more because of the HIPPA privacy rule.

Pressil confronted his ex, who according to him said, 'Oh you're not stupid. I thought you knew.'

Now, he says, her behavior during sex makes more sense.

"At the time she was giving me these condoms, and she said because of her fibroid these condoms were not lubricated, and would not affect the fibroid enlargement," he explained. "Every time she would give me these condoms after the sex she would leave the room. She'd come back, give me something to drink. We always had sex in the morning and she'd say she had to go do something. She would leave about 10 or 15 minutes afterward."

According to the Mayo Clinic website, sperm ejaculated outside of the body can survive, at most, for a few hours.

Pressil says he never discussed IVF with his former girlfriend and they had never intended to have children.

Under Texas' Uniform Parentage Act, an unmarried man must consent to the use of sperm for assisted reproduction, and that consent "must be in record signed by the man and the unmarried woman and kept by a licensed physician."

The clinic claims to have that document, but Pressil told ABC News his signature was forged and "doesn't match."

That's why Pressil's lawyer, Jason Gibson, says this is a case of theft.

He currently has joint custody of the children, and plans to seek full custody "because of all her scandalous ways."

In the lawsuit he's asking for a jury to determine how he ought to be compensated for child support and mental anguish.

The entire incident is simply "embarrassing" he said. "How do you let someone do that without knowing?"

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