LAPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Molesting Two Girls Under 10 Years Old

A judge doubled the amount of bail he would have to pay to be freed.

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 3:06 PM PDT
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LAPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation

Los Angeles police Officer Miguel Schiappapietra, 28, pleads not guilty to child molestation charges on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Los Angeles Superior Court. A judge doubled his bail amount to $200,000.

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A Los Angeles police officer on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to molesting two young girls, and a Superior Court judge doubled the officer's bail amount to $200,000.

Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives arrested Miguel Angel Schiappapietra, 28, of Castaic on Saturday after he allegedly lured two girls under the age of 10 into his home and performed lewd acts on them, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney's statement.

Additional details about the case were not released.

Schiappapietra is an officer at the LAPD's Foothill Division, which patrols the northeastern San Fernando Valley. He has been a police officer for more than six years.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 30 in downtown Los Angeles. Schiappapietra faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

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