BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Former WPTV-TV Channel 5 weather guy Rob Lopicola remains in the Palm Beach County jail nearly a year after his arrest on several child sex charges. The one time staple of South Florida television continues to be unable to post $130,000 bond.
Arrestees typically must post ten percent — in this case $13,000 — if an agreement is reached with a bondsman.
As we first reported following his July 9th arrest:
Lopicola is charged with “lewd or lascivious battery,” “lewd or lascivious conduct,” “computer pornography and child exploitation,” and “unlawful sexual activity with a minor.”
Police allege that he engaged in unlawful sexual contact with minors — at least two young men who were 15 and 17 at the time. It is also alleged that Lopicola, 42, performed oral sex on a 15 year old male in Boca Raton.
You can read the graphic text messages that prosecutors claim he sent, as well as the affidavit of probable cause that led to his arrest. U.S. Marshals were involved with his arrest — the alleged text messages were sent over state lines.
Here’s an excerpt: 01/09/11 at 08:29:02 – I realy like u! we have a big age difference, im a lot older, cud b yor dad. U sure u want an older boyfriend and a bigger muscular guy too? 01/09/11 at 08:31:54 – do u know how old I am?
Rob Lopicola’s trial is now set for June 24th — just shy of the one year mark from when he was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals. There has been no change or reduction in the charges against him. Direct from the Palm Beach County inmate record center:
SEX ASSLT – BY 24 YOA OLDER SEX BATT VICTIM 16 OR 17 YOA