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UPDATE: LAPD officer charged with child molestation pleads not guilty

Posted: May 21, 2013 12:01 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 3:49 p.m.

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday to charges he molested two young girls he allegedly lured to his Castaic home on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Miguel Angel Schiappapietra Jr., who turned 28 years old last week, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, according to a news release issued by the District Attorney’s office.
Schiappapietra was initially scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court.

He entered a plea of not guilty, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for District Attorney's office.

A bailiff at the San Fernando court said several reporters who showed up for the arraignment were stunned to learn about the last minute change in venue.

Schiappapietra, a 6-year veteran of the LAPD, is charged with two felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age.

He was arrested Saturday morning after two girls, both under the age of 10, told detectives that Schiappapietra sexually molested them. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit is investigating the case, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $200,000. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in state prison.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station went to Schiappapietra’s home in Castaic, LAPD Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said.

At 11 a.m., they arrested him on the felony charge, according to information about his arrest published by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center.

Schiappapietra was then taken to the local sheriff’s jail and placed into custody, according to documents.

Schiappapietra is also now the subject of an internal investigations probe by the LAPD, Gonzalez told The Signal Monday.

He is scheduled to appear back in court May 30 for his preliminary hearing on the criminal charges.
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