​For release on June 27, 2016  CONTACT PERSON: Jaron Shipp, Deputy District Attorney Sexual Assault Unit (408) 792-2491     GILROY HIGH TEACHER CHARGED WITH CATFISHING SEX SCAM AGAINST TEENAGERS   Douglas Anton Le   A male Gilroy High School chemistry teacher will be arraigned today on charges that he posed online as a teenage girl to lure teenage boys into sending him explicit photographs and videos. Douglas Le, 25, used photographs of an adult pornography star and pretended he was “Rae Pelletier” for a year and a half. His “catfishing” scam snared at least nine young victims from local high schools.
 
Le is charged with possession of matter depicting a minor engaging or simulating sexual conduct, annoying or molesting a child, 9 counts of sending harmful matter to a minor, and 9 counts of communicating with a minor with the intent to commit specified crime. The San Jose resident could face more than 8 years in prison, if convicted. He will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Department 23 at the Hall of Justice.   “This is a deeply-troubling example of why young people should be extremely wary of strangers that they decide to communicate with online,’’ said prosecutor Jaron Shipp. “Not everybody has bad intentions. Some absolutely do.”   From June 2014 through at least January 2016, the Defendant traded texts and explicit photographs and videos with several minors from Gilroy High School and other Santa Clara County high schools through the instant messenger application associated with Facebook.   In April 2016, Facebook alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the “Rae Pelletier” account may be having inappropriate communication with a minor. The alert was forwarded to the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (“ICAC”) who opened an investigation.  On April 26, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Le’s residence and several computers, hard drives, and other media were seized.  Le was arrested that same day.   If you have any information about this case, please contact Detective Nick Jourdenais at (408) 537-1382 or the Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force at (408) 537-1397.   # # #

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