Catholic Deacon Gets 16 Years On Child Sex Charges

The New York Daily News reports:

A disgraced Queens Catholic Church deacon will spend 16 years behind bars for enticing three boys he met online into having sex with him. Rogelio Vega, 52, faced his reckoning in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday, breaking down in tears as he described how his actions hurt his victims and his family.

The detective posed as a 14-year-old boy on the dating site Grindr, and after Vega sent sexually explicit messages and pictures of his genitals for months, he set up a meeting in Queens.

His arrest led to further revelations. Investigators found evidence of more victims on the deacon’s cell phone, leading the feds to identify three underage boys he enticed into sexual encounters.

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