A Texas man who managed an orphanage in Malawi has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing orphans at the East African facility.

Gerald Campbell pleaded guilty before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday in Midland, Texas, to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place. A Justice Department spokesman says the 66-year-old Odessa man could get up to 30 years in federal prison. Sentencing hasn't been scheduled yet.

Campbell admitted to sexually abusing eight orphans at the Victory Christian Children's Home in Malawi between 1997 and 2009. Campbell was general manager of the orphanage.

To entice the children, Campbell said he offered access to better accommodations and amenities such as hot water. Campbell also said he sent hush money to some victims.

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This story has been updated to correct the potential sentence.