Former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola had a date with Judge Stephen Rapp this morning in West Palm Beach.
The 42-year-old muscle-bound Lopicola, who’s been held in the Palm Beach County lockup since his July arrest, learned he’ll be in the slammer much longer while he awaits trial on charges that he had sex with at least two underage boys.
Lopicola pleaded not guilty to four felony charges of computer porn, child exploitation and lewd conduct and lascivious battery. But so far, he’s not been able to pay for his $130,000-bond. He tried to have his bond reduced twice over the summer but Rapp refused.
Lopicola worked as a stripper and bartender in a gay club in Wilton Manors when he was arrested. He dabbled in personal training after he was fired from the station in 2006 in hush-hush circumstances that officials at the NBC affiliate have yet to explain.
Gossip Extra‘s Emily Kochman reports Lopicola looked gaunt and drawn and emotionless in his blue jail overalls this morning. He remained in handcuffs while talking privately with his public defender, Aaron Ritchey.
No one in the public’s gallery was there for Lopicola.
The former star forecaster waived his right to the speedy trial that scheduled to start Dec. 10. More witnesses are supposed to be interviewed, and the trial could be pushed back to late 2013.
His next court appearance is set for January 16.
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