WEST PALM BEACH — The sex-with-minors trial of former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola started in earnest today with opening statements and four hours of testimony by one of the underage boys that Lopicola allegedly had sex with.
Wearing a dark suit and glasses that make him look older than his 43 years, Lopicola listened emotionless as an 18-year-old Boca Raton boy he befriended three years ago recounted how the former TV star picked him up near his mother’s house and performed oral sex on him in his car.
The witness, whose identity is being shielded because of his age, said Lopicola realized fully he was just 15 and seemed to like his slender body.
“He knows that we he did was wrong,” the boy said tearfully. “I’m here so that no one else gets hurt.”
The accuser, who allegedly traded naked photos of himself with Lopicola, told the seven members of the jury that he’d learned to attract men by watching how to place online hookup ads on NBC’s To Catch a Predator.
Lopicola faces a slew of sex-related charges in connection with alleged sex with two underage boys.
Prosecutors also discussed the hundreds of texts that Lopicola wrote the boy, including this one: “Would you call me dad from now on, please!”
The trial continues tomorrow with several of the police officers who arrested Lopicola more than a year ago.