Plea Deal Considered for Valpo Pedophile

The Post-Tribune
January 28, 2011,wigglesworth0128.article

A Valparaiso man who just pleaded guilty to trying to entice a teen had also tried several sites online, including an ad on Craigslist, to find a young man, according to a U.S. prosecutor.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris said during the change of plea hearing for Wayne E. Wigglesworth, 70, that federal officials found on Wigglesworth's computer that he had perused hundreds of profiles on various social websites, such as MySpace and Facebook and had put up the Craigslist ad seeking a "young man looking for m/m," a term meaning male seeking male.

Wigglesworth did not speak during the hearing other than to say he understood the terms of the plea agreement and that he had committed the crime.

"Well, I am guilty of it," he said.

Because he pleaded guilty to enticing a minor, Wigglesworth will face at least 10 years in prison with a maximum of life. U.S. prosecutors said in the plea agreement, filed earlier this week, they will recommend Wigglesworth receive the minimum of his sentencing guidelines.

Wigglesworth was arrested in August 2009 when police pulled his car over. They discovered a 15-year-old boy inside, who admitted he had met Wigglesworth on a website for teenagers.

The two eventually texted and talked on the phone and had agreed to meet.

in person that day, according to court reports.

Wigglesworth had formerly served as an ordained priest in Baltimore in the 1960s through the 1980s. His attorney, John Martin, declined to comment on the plea agreement.

A date for sentencing has not been set yet.

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