Douglas Le: High School Teacher Allegedly Poses As Porn Star On Facebook, Gets Boys To Share Explicit Videos and Pictures

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Douglas Le, a former San Jose high school teacher, has been indicted in a social media scam where he posed as a female, luring young boys into sharing sexually explicit videos and photographs of themselves with him, The L.A. Times is reporting.

According to prosecutors, the 25-year old man is facing a slew of charges that include nine counts of sending harmful material to a minor, annoying or molesting a child, possessing material depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, and other charges. The disgraced Gilroy High School was arraigned in a court Monday.

Le, using the name Rae Pelletier, had used the fake profile to lure at least nine boys into sharing explicit content with him. The former teacher had reeled the young boys using the pictures of an adult pornographic star on his profile.

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According to prosecutors, Le was trading texts and explicit images for a year and a half using an instant Facebook messenger application, and sent over 500 messages to minors. The young people were from Gilroy High School and other San Jose-area schools.

Deputy District Attorney Jaron Shipp noted that Le’s case illustrates why teens and kids need to practice online safety.

“This is a deeply-troubling example of why young people should be extremely wary of strangers that they decide to communicate with online. Not everybody has bad intentions, but some absolutely do.”

Le came under suspicion in April when Facebook took some interest in the “Rae Pelletier” account. Facebook informed the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the account was being used to communicate inappropriately with minors. The information was passed on to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which followed the paper trail which eventually took them to Le. Investigators searched his home April 26, seizing computers and hard drives before arresting him same day at the school.

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Former students say the former chemistry teacher was well-liked by students during the three years he had taught at Gilroy. A student, Leylanie Arriaga, said she believed the former teacher was innocent.

“I personally don’t think he did it because he’s too much of a smart guy to actually do a crime like that.”

The Gilroy Unified School District has been blamed for not dismissing Le sooner when he sent a message to a female student asking for oral sex, and forcing her to change schools. In October, 2014, a parent notified the school about the inappropriate text messages.

“I warned the Gilroy school district about this teacher over 1/1/2 years ago when he sent sexual texts to my child. I brought them proof. Did they take appropriate action? No. Could this have been prevented? You Bet. More should and could have been done.”

Gilroy Unified School District superintendent Deborah Flores said Le was disciplined but allowed to return to the classroom. Flores refused to disclose the type of disciplinary action meted to the former teacher. The superintendent defended her actions by saying that she was only aware of inappropriate texts, not a child pornography scam.

“This was about several inappropriate texts. There was no evidence whatsoever of what we are now hearing from the San Jose Police Department about enticing minors through a fake persona, asking students to send nude pictures.”

If convicted, Douglas Le could spend a maximum of eight years in prison.

[Image via San Jose Police Department]