A Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested Saturday on child molestation charges, according to a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
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MIguel Schiappapietra, an LAPD officer, was arrested and charged with two counts of lewd acts with a child, said Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Special Victims Bureau.
The alleged crimes occurred in Castaic, which is where the officer lived, Hudson said. He was arrested at his Castaic home.
Both victims are under the age of 10, Hudson said.
“I can confirm that we have an investigation involving an LAPD officer,” Hudson said. “The allegations involved child molestation.”
Schiappapietra was initially suspected of one count, and the detectives’ investigation led to the additional charge.
Two female victims under 10 years old told detectives that at 9 a.m. on Saturday, 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.
The investigation is in its preliminary phases, Hudson said. However, he said detectives have no reason to suspect there are additional victims at this time.
Schiappapietra was stationed at the Foothill Station for the Los Angeles Police Department.
“He was arrested and he was booked at Santa Claita Valley Sheriff’s Station, where he is currently being held on $100,000 bail,” Hudson said.
“The case will be presented to the (Los Angeles County) District Attorney’s Office either later today it (Tuesday) morning,” he added.
No additional information about the details of the allegations or the investigation are being released at this time, he said.
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.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the websitehttp://lacrimestoppers.org
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Source: Santa Clarita News