Monk gets prison term for soliciting child sex

From Times staff and wire reports

A 61-year-old Catholic monk was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison after admitting that he used the Internet to solicit sex from children.

Earl John Place was living in a Mexico City monastery when he tried to get what he thought was a 13-year-old boy from the U.S. to come to Mexico for sex. The “boy” was an undercover agent from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Place was expelled from Mexico. He pleaded guilty in June.