SAN DIEGO (AP) – A former Ohio seminarian has pleaded guilty to trying to adopt or purchase infants from Mexico to sexually molest them.
Joel Wright pleaded guilty Wednesday in San Diego to a federal charge of attempted enticement of a minor. The 23-year-old faces 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced in July.
Beginning in November, Wright placed Craigslist ads for a Tijuana tour guide, then told someone who responded that he wanted a baby girl for sex.
Wright acknowledged sending explicit emails describing his desires to assault children, from infants up to the age of 4.
The person he contacted was cooperating with federal agents and Wright was arrested when he flew into San Diego in January.
Wright is a former student of Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.