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