Church deacon ‘sent nude pics to boy, 14, on Grindr who was undercover cop’

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A church deacon was arrested after allegedly sending nude photos and arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy he had met on Grindr for sex.

Married father-of-four Rogelio Vega, 50, is accused of sending several photos of his privates to the child who turned out to be the policeman on the gay dating app.

The New York clergyman begged for nudes in return and oral sex and was batted off with excuses before they agreed to meet up, it is alleged.

The deacon at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, Queens, was arrested after turning up in his car and flashing his headlights on Tuesday.

Queens DA Melinda Katz said: "This defendant by all outward appearances is a church-going family man", the Sunnyside Post reports.

"Sadly, the real person under the sheep’s clothing is an alleged sexual predator who sought out a teenage boy to fulfill his needs."

A first-person bio from Vega in the staff section of his church's website says: "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.

"We have 4 children and a nice grandson.

"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 through the Diaconate Ministry. I was ordained as a permanent Deacon in May 28, 2011. I live in Maspeth.

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"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, the deacon 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.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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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