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Volunteer Teacher in Lomita Gets Probation After Pleading No Contest to Lewd Acts With Children

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A 30-year-old volunteer teacher was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to two counts of lewd acts involving two boys he met online, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

The judge sentenced Steven Joseph Mesplou to six years and eight months in state prison, then suspended the sentence in favor of five years probation, a release from the DA’s office stated.

Mesplou, a volunteer teacher at St. Margaret Mary Alcoque Catholic Parish in Lomita, admitted meeting a teenage boy on an online video chat website, prosecutors said.

While on the website, prosecutors said Mesplou pretended to be a 15-year-old girl and had his male victim perform sex acts for him.

Mesplou also instructed the teenager’s 8-year-old brother to expose himself, the release stated.

When the victims’ mother learned what was happening, she contacted police.

In addition to probation, Superior Court Judge Laura Laesecke ordered Mesplou to register as a lifetime sex offender, complete a year of sex offender counseling and perform 120 days of community service, according to the release.

Mesplou was also barred from having access to social media websites or chat platforms and was ordered to stay away from the victims for 10 years.