The teenage victim (and her mother) of David Romero, a former Santa Fe High School athletics trainer criminal sexual solicitation over Facebook are angry they were never told the man was entering into a plea agreement and already sentenced.
The female student, according to her mother, had written a statement she was hoping to read to a judge and to Romero in court at sentencing, but she’ll never get that chance.
Romero entered a plea with the state on Monday and was immediately sentenced to three years probation and won’t have to register as a sex offender.
This from the girl’s mother, as reported in today’s New Mexican:
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the girl’s mother said Wednesday morning when told by a reporter about the sentencing. “I can’t even tell you how angry this makes me. He’s out, doesn’t have to register, and they don’t even tell us so we can talk to the judge and say our piece? Everything we’ve learned about this whole case has been from reading the newspaper or from police, and the lawyers never talked to us.
“My daughter has had a statement ready that she wanted to read to David and the judge about what this has done to her. And I read some of those messages he was sending. They were disgusting, the things he was telling her he wanted to do, and he wasn’t just saying it — he came to our house to do it.”
Check out today’s article for details on Romero’s sentence and to see what the DA had to say about the victim not being notified.
Basically after a few texts the then-15-year-old exchanged with Romero back in December, she realized she should tell her parents, who then told Santa Fe Police. From there, Romero and a SFPD detective posing as the girl exchanged an estimated 950 messages, many of a very sexual nature. That culminated when Romero asked the girl on Dec. 29 if her parents were home and arranged to go have sex with the girl. When he knocked on the door of the girl’s home, police were waiting.
Here are some recent articles on the case:
- Thursday — Plea deal vexes victim, mom in case of child-sex solicitation
- June 17 — Sex-solicitation defendant serving on grand jury
- Jan. 20 — Police link solicitation suspect to 6 girls
- Dec. 30 — High school trainer held in child solicitation case