A catholic school teacher was arrested on charges of sexual assault after allegedly persuading young boys to perform sex acts for him, police in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 30-year-old Steven Joseph Mesplou of Harbor City, committed lewd acts with two boys.
Mesplou has been charged with six felonies: four counts of lewd act upon a child and two counts of contact with minor for sexual offense.
Mesplou is scheduled to be arraigned at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach, Department S01.
Prosecutors said that Mesplou, a volunteer teacher at St. Margaret Mary Alcoque Catholic Parish in Lomita, is accused of meeting a teenage boy on an online video chat website.
While on the website, the defendant allegedly pretended to be a 15-year-old girl and had his male victim perform sexual acts for him.
During this time, Mesplou also instructed the teenage boy’s 8-year-old brother to expose himself, according to prosecutors. The victims’ mother learned about what occurred and subsequently contacted police.
If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison