Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Parish as St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic School. Updated 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26, 2015.

A 30-year-old volunteer religion teacher at a Lomita parish was charged Friday with six felonies for allegedly posing as a teenage girl in an online video chat room and convincing a teenage boy to perform sex acts for him.

Harbor City resident Steven Mesplou, a volunteer teacher at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Parish, also allegedly convinced the teen boy’s 8-year- old brother to expose himself, prosecutors said.

According to Mesplou’s profile on the LinkedIn professional networking website, he has volunteered at the school since 2002.

He was charged with four counts of lewd acts on a child and two counts of contact with a minor for a sexual offense, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He was scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 20 in Long Beach.

Prosecutors said Mesplou posed as a 15-year-old girl in the video chat room. The boys’ mother discovered what happened and notified police, and Mesplou was arrested Wednesday. He has since been released on bond.

Mesplou faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

City News Service

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