LANCASTER – A local business owner who volunteered to run youth groups at a Lancaster church was sentenced Thursday to eight years and four months in state prison for directing a teenage boy to perform sexual acts with a teenage girl and then joining in, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Richard Michael Kelso was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Kelso, 35, owns a private investigator business in Lancaster and volunteered to run youth groups at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
In June and July of 2013, Kelso chose a 15-year-old boy from one of his confirmation groups, arranged for the boy to perform sexual acts with his stepdaughter, and then participated in the sex acts, according to testimony at the trial.
The jury heard a recorded conversation of Kelso admitting to the boy’s father that he had touched the boy’s penis. The conversation was recorded by the boy’s father when he confronted Kelso at his home, according to the prosecutor.
Kelso was convicted by jury on Nov. 3, 2015, of three counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense, two counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of inducing a child to engage in a lewd act.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Previous related story: Lancaster business owner and church volunteer found guilty of multiple sex crimes