Steubenville police had investigated former seminary student in 2015 after he offered to babysit kids


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SAN DIEGO (WCMH)–A former seminary student from Columbus remains in jail in California tonight after waiving his right to a detention hearing.

Joel Wright was back in federal court. According to the San Diego Times, he agreed to be held without bail until his preliminary hearing and arraignment on Feb. 25.

Wright was arrested in San Diego last Friday after police say he was planning a trip to Mexico with the intent of having sex with a child. If convicted, he faces 30 years to life in prison on the most serious charge.

Wright had come to the attention of authorities before. Steubenville police investigated Wright last year when a woman reported he had offered to pay someone $150 on Craigslist to watch children.

The ad said parents could stay with the children, see how it goes and then leave to go shopping or to a movie. Wright told a mother who responded to the ad that he was a student at Franciscan University.

Police investigated, but did not find anyone at the address tied to the ad.

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