Catholic Deacon Sentenced for ‘Enticing’ Gay Minors to Have Sex

S. District Court Judge Eric R. Komitee March 15 sentenced a former deacon who once ministered at a parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn to 16 years in prison for enticing three minors to engage in sexual conduct.

As part of his sentence, Rogelio Vega, 52, of Maspeth in the New York borough of Queens, will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison, according to a statement on the sentencing issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

The statutory minimum sentence in Vega’s case was 10 years of imprisonment, but he was also facing the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. His victims were between ages 14 and 16 at the time he had sex with them.

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