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Queens church deacon is arrested for ‘arranging to have sex with 14-year-old boy

Queens church deacon is arrested for ‘arranging to have sex with undercover cop posing as 14-year-old boy on dating app Grindr’

  • Rogelio Vega, 50, serves as a deacon at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church
  • He is a married father of four and has been at the church for five years 
  • Vega allegedly began sharing messages with the boy in July 2020
  • An undercover cop was posing as the teen, and nabbed him in a bust this week

A church deacon was arrested in Queens this week after he attempted to meet up with a minor for sex, only to be nabbed by an undercover cop.

Rogelio Vega, 50, is a deacon at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, as well as a married father of four children.

In July, however, he began communicating with a 14-year-old boy on Grindr, a mobile dating app for the gay and queer communities.

The New York Post reports that it wasn’t a minor child at all Vega was talking to, but an undercover detective.

Rogelio Vega, 50, was arrested this week after allegedly trying to have sex with a minor boy

Vega is a deacon at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, where he has been since 2015

Vega is a deacon at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, where he has been since 2015

Vega sent several photos of his genitals to the undercover cop and asked for nude photos in return.

Vega also solicited oral sex several times, but was always met with with an excuse from the ‘child,’ like getting in trouble for going out.

They finally agreed to meet on Tuesday for oral sex at a predetermined location. Vega flashed his headlights when arriving, only for the undercover cop to then get into the car and arrest Vega.

‘This defendant by all outward appearances is a church-going family man,’ Queens DA Melinda Katz said. ‘Sadly, the real person under the sheep’s clothing is an alleged sexual predator who sought out a teenage boy to fulfill his needs.’

The staff section of the Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church website has a first-person bio from Vega.

‘I was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 21st. 1970 and my parents are from Puerto Rico. I am married to Flor Vega which is from Mexico,’ Vega writes. ‘We have 4 children and a nice grandson.

If convicted on the charges, Vega faces up to seven years in prison for his alleged crimes

If convicted on the charges, Vega faces up to seven years in prison for his alleged crimes

‘For many years my wife and I had work with the Evangelization and this is the way I had received the call to serve God thru the Diaconate Ministry. I was ordained as a permanent Deacon in May 28, 2011. I live in Maspeth.

‘I was assigned to this beautiful parish since December 2015 and I am happy to be here serving this wonderful community and together to continue working with the evangelization in order for other to meet Jesus in their lives.’ 

On Wednesday, Vega was arraigned on charges of attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor, attempted criminal sexual act, and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

If convicted, Vega faces up to seven years in prison.

Vega was released on a $50,000 bond. The Sunnyside Post reports Vega is due to return to court on Monday.

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