Man pleads guilty in Phoenix Goddess Temple case

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Wayne Clayton, 58, entered a guilty plea to one count of facilitation to commit illegal control of an enterprise on Thursday. By Andrew Michalscheck Wayne Clayton, 58, entered a guilty plea to one count of facilitation to commit illegal control of an enterprise on Thursday. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A man accused of using a church as a front for a prostitution business has entered a guilty plea to one count of facilitation to commit illegal control of an enterprise.

Wayne Clayton, 58, entered the plea on Thursday. He is due back in court on September 14 to be sentenced.

Clayton was one of several people arrested last September after police conducted a raid at the Phoenix Goddess Temple near 24th Street and Thomas Road.

Undercover officers had spent about six months investigating the Phoenix Goddess Temple and two other locations in Sedona.

Authorities said the church had attempted to cover up their illegal behavior by claiming that their sexual services were a spiritual way to heal their visitors.