Lopicola, 42, who mysteriously quit his gig at the station in 2006, is accused of performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy in Boca Raton and a 17-year-old in West Palm Beach in 2010 and 2011.
Lopicola was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, lewd and lascivious battery, computer pornography and child exploitation.
In the second case, Lopicola was caught in the shower of a house owned by the mother of the juvenile boy!
The age of sexual consent in Florida, by the way, is 18.
Lopicola was kept on ice at the Palm Beach County lockup overnight after being picked up at home in Broward County. He is due in court for his arraignment tomorrow.
According to extremely graphic reports in which neither juvenile was named, both reported meeting the muscle-bound Lopicola through classified ads in craigslist.com.
Lopicola apparently met the 15-year-old near his house in Boca in the middle of the night and drove him to a nearby cul-de-sac for oral sex in Lopicola’s car in the fall of 2010. The youngster reported the encounter after moving to Michigan in early 2011 and receiving dozens of sexy text messages from Lopicola.
At one point, the teen — who told police he weighed 113 pounds at the time and was dealing with anorexia – text-messaged Lopicola photos of his genitals.
One message, allegedly from Lopicola, read: “I like being a dad to my bd thats why I like young. And 15 is perfect baby. 10th or 9th grade?”
In the second case, Lopicola allegedly visited the 17-year-old at home at least four times in four months after the teen’s school days at Palm Beach Lakes High School, where he was a track star. The mother reported the activity at the Village Boulevard area home to police after finding Lopicola cowering in her son’s shower in 2011.
Lopicola denied any wrongdoing when the TV cameras that once made him a favorite with viewers in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast caught up with him yesterday as he was walked to a police car with his hands cuffed behind his back.
NBC affiliate Channel 5, meanwhile, never fully explained why Lopicola abruptly left while garnering top ratings during weekend broadcasts. The viewers particularly appreciated his work during hurricane emergencies, including during the back-to-back hurricanes of 2004.
Lopicola left the station amid rumors his partying and interest in young men had come to the attention of management.
In his post-TV days, Lopicola was a personal trainer and worked for a timeshare marketing company. He eventually lost his West Palm Beach home to foreclosure and filed for bankruptcy then moved to Wilton Manors, near Fort Lauderdale.
Lopicola reportedly worked as bartender and stripper in a local gay club when he was arrested.
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