A Roman Catholic seminary student has been arrested in California, suspected of intending to travel to Mexico to rape a baby or toddler.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Joel Wright, 23, of Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, was taken into custody after getting off a plane in San Diego.
Authorities say he sent emails to an undercover federal agent posing as a travel guide, saying he wanted to adopt or purchase a girl under three in Tijuana, Mexico, for the purposes of having sex with her. He make his first court appearance on Monday.
College spokesman the Rev John Allen told the Columbus Dispatch the seminary was “shocked and saddened” at the “reprehensible” allegations.
Wright has been expelled.