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Chemistry Teacher Charged in Alleged ‘Catfishing’ Sex Scheme Involving 9 High School Boys in San Jose

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A former high school chemistry teacher from San Jose has been charged in a “catfishing” scam with posing online as a teenage girl to lure young boys into sending him sexually explicit videos and photographs, prosecutors said.

Douglas Anton Le, 25, was charged with "catfishing" high school students, prosecutors said. (Credit: Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office)

Douglas Anton Le, 25, was charged with “catfishing” high school students, prosecutors said. (Credit: Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office)

Douglas Le, 25, faces multiple charges, including nine counts of sending harmful matter to a minor, possessing matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, and annoying or molesting a child, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. The former Gilroy High School teacher is set to be arraigned Monday.

“This is a deeply-troubling example of why young people should be extremely wary of strangers that they decide to communicate with online,’’ said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jaron Shipp in a prepared statement. “Not everybody has bad intentions. Some absolutely do.”

Le is accused of posing as Rae Pelletier, a teenage girl persona he created to lure at least nine boys from high schools in Santa Clara County, prosecutors said.

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