Robert Lopicola, a former weatherman at WPTV in West Palm Beach, was arrested at his home in Wilton Manors on Monday without incident.
It is alleged that in 2010 forty-two year old Lopicola met a 15-year-old Boca Raton boy on Craigslist and soon traded sexually explicit pictures with him online.
The arrest report says the boy initially told Lopicola he was 18, but then later came clean telling the weatherman his true age. The weatherman then allegedly told the teenager “14 to 16 years old is perfect baby.”
The second incident is said to have taken place in 2011 with a 17-year-old West Palm Beach boy that Lopicola met on Craigslist.
Lopicola, who left WPTV in 2006, is charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, one count of lewd and lascivious battery, one count of computer pornography and child exploitation.
Before his arrest Lopicola was working as a person trainer and motivational speaker in the West Palm Beach area.