Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty to child sex abuse

By LYNN DeBRUIN | September 9, 2011 | 2:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Mormon bishop and co-founder of a nonprofit group that helps women and children in Third World villages faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing children.

The victims were among six children adopted from Ethiopia, where the man and his wife helped establish an orphanage.

The 69-year-old Heber City, Utah, man pleaded guilty to three counts Wednesday. He is set for sentencing Nov. 2.

The Associated Press isn't naming the man to protect the identity of the victims.

The couple's nonprofit organization provided services to destitute villages in Mexico, Central America, Africa and the Caribbean.

Records indicate the man was initially charged with 43 counts stemming from abuse that began in 1995. The remaining charges were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.