LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles police officer was charged Tuesday with molesting two young girls.

Miguel Schiappapietra, 28, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 years old.

His bail was doubled to $200,000 per the prosecution’s request.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reported that the suspect’s attorney, David Diamond, said, “We entered a not guilty plea. We denied any allegations or special enhancements. It’s our understanding there was no lewd conduct or anything that the law would deem inappropriate or unlawful.”

Schiappapietra, a six-year veteran of the LAPD, was off duty when he was arrested Saturday. Authorities said earlier that day, the officer lured the two minors to his Castaic-area home, where he sexually assaulted them.

Officials said the girls lived in the same neighborhood as the suspect.

Schiappapietra is due back in court May 30.


LAPD Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Girls Under 10

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