A Castaic man who pleaded no contest to two child molestation charges was taken into custody Friday, according to an official with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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Miguel Angel Schiappapietra pleaded no contest to the charges on May 21, which, had he been convicted, faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
“He surrendered and was sentenced to three years state prison,” said Shiara Davila-Morales, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.
Schiappapietra received a three-year sentence and an 18-month sentence in state prison, which will run concurrently, according to a court official. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, as part of his plea deal.
The violation was penal code section 288(a), “committing a lewd and lascivious act … with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions and sexual desires of the said defendant and said child,” according to the criminal complaint.
Both victims were under the age of 10, according to the criminal complaint, which included two counts of lewd acts upon a child.
The crimes occurred in Castaic, which is where the officer lived, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
Schiappapietra was arrested at his Castaic home.
Two girls told detectives that at 9 a.m. on May 18, the suspect lured them into his residence in the 28000 block of Branch Road in Castaic, and committed lewd acts, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.
The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office on May 20, one day after the crime occurred.
Schiappapietra was a six-year veteran of the LAPD and stationed at the Foothill Station for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Special Victims Bureau has seven locations throughout Los Angeles County and investigates all sexual and physical assaults of children, as well as all sex crimes.
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Source: Santa Clarita News