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Former priest gets 10 years for child enticement in Hammond, Indiana

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Valparaiso, Ind. man will serve a 10-year sentence in connection with trying to entice a 15-year-old boy.

Wayne E. Wigglesworth, 71, said little during his sentencing Tuesday morning at the U.S. District Court in Hammond and looked down as U.S. District Judge James Moody read his sentence.

"No, I do not, your honor," Wigglesworth said when he was asked if he had anything to say on his behalf.

Wigglesworth, who was an ordained priest in Baltimore in the 1960s through the 1980s, was originally arrested in 2009 in Chicago when police pulled him over for a traffic stop. They discovered the 15-year-old boy in the car with him, and the boy eventually told police he had met Wigglesworth on a website for teenagers. The two exchanged phone numbers, and Wigglesworth asked the boy to meet him to perform sex acts.

At his change-of-plea hearing in January 2011, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster said Wigglesworth had also put an ad on Craigslist seeking a young man interested in a relationship with another man.

Court documents also say he made several phone calls to a 9-year-old boy he met at his wife's nursing home in Valparaiso.

Along with the 10 years in prison, which is the mandatory minimum Wigglesworth must serve, Wigglesworth must also serve 10 years of supervised release after he finishes his prison sentence.

 

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