David Romero, the 27-year-old athletics trainer for Santa Fe High School charged with child solicitation over the computer of a 15-year-old female student athlete at the school, had a court hearing Wednesday morning in which his bond was adjusted.
Romero remained incarcerated at the Santa Fe County jail on Wednesday night in lieu of a $50,000 surety bond. That bond is an adjustment from a previous bond of $25,000, cash only.
While the total amount is higher, the adjustment was in response to a bond-reduction motion filed by his attorney, Jeff Jones, and will likely be more attainable for Romero while he awaits trial.
Romero was arrested Dec. 29 when Santa Fe Police Detective Sgt. Louis Carlos says he had taken over communications Romero thought he was having over Facebook with a 15-year-old girl. Police say Romero solicited sex after roughly 950 text messages with police posing as the girl, and when Romero showed up at the girl’s home, Romero was arrested.
Here is the story published in the Dec. 30 New Mexican covering the basics of the allegations and the initial arrest:
Meanwhile, Santa Fe High has yet to replace Romero on the sidelines for the athletes of the school’s sports teams. That led to a near disaster at a boy’s basketball game last week when a visiting player had a head injury at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium and the home team Demons had no certified trainer there to assist with the injury.
Here is an update published in Wednesday’s New Mexican by James Barron on the trainer issues going on at SFHS:
The next scheduled court hearing for Romero in the case is Feb. 9 in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court. Santa Fe police say their investigation into other possible victims contacted by Romero is ongoing.