The trial for former WPTV-Ch. 5 weatherman (and former New Times Best Weathercaster) Rob Lopicola, who was arrested last July on charges he engaged in unlawful sexual activity with a teen boy he met on Craigslist, kicked off on Wednesday.
Lopicola, 45, stands accused of child sex and pornography charges, and stood trail in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
He allegedly performed fellatio on a 15-year-old Boca Raton boy in October of 2010. A month after meeting up with the boy, Lopicola sent his victim hundreds of sexually-explicit texts.
Lopicola's victim, who now lives in Georgia, testified for more than three hours on Wednesday. He spoke about his sexual encounter with Lopicola and about the graphic texts he received from the once-popular weather man.
The victim testified that he was a lonely, openly gay teen, looking for companionship from an older man.
Lopicola's defense attorneys attacked the victim as a liar, accusing him of setting Lopicola up with the text messages.
"He decided to set up Robert Lopicola," Assistant Public Defender Kristy Militello told the jury during her opening statement, noting a lack of physical evidence and witnesses implicating her client to the oral sex allegedly performed on the accuser.
The victim denied that the text messages with Lopicola were meant to be a set up to ensnare him.
Among some of the more graphic text messages Lopicola exchanged with his 15-year-old victim were posted by New Times at the time of Lopicola's arrest. They are as follows (warning, they're graphic):
-I realy like u! we have a big age difference, im a lot older, cud b yor dad. U sure u want an older boyfriend and a bigger muscular guy too? -I wud wana be like yor dad but yor lover
-wana be dad and son lovers?
-I want u to bareback me and squirt yor boy seed inside me
-I watch dad son and bareback porn and extreme age difference sex
-U text me minimum 3x a day and u must text me wenever u masturbate ok
-Wud u let any of my 40 yo friends fuck u with me?
-Can I get a hot 55yo to fuk u baby?
-its hot for me and I just wana watch a grandpa fuck my boy just once. Il b kissing and loving u dont worry
The trial will continue on Thursday where a detective from the case is expected to testify, and and a recorded statement by the defendant is expected to be played.