Priest Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sex Exploitation Charges

A Catholic priest pleaded guilty this week to charges of child sex exploitation related to the transport of a minor from South Carolina to Florida several years ago.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina said in a press release Thursday that 68-year-old Father Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias had entered a guilty plea on charges of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Father Gonzalez-Farias admitted to having “transported a minor victim from South Carolina to Florida with the intent to commit lewd and lascivious exhibition and lewd and lascivious molestation,” the attorney’s office said.

The clergyman had been arrested in January of this year on the charges. He had been visiting the Diocese of Charleston from the Diocese of San Bernardo in Chile.

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