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Romano Sentenced to 20 Years on Child Porn Charges

The 56-year-old Norristown man posed as a babysitter to get access to a 2-year old girl in order to sexually exploit her.

According to a release issued by the United States Attorney's office, 56-year-old Gary Romano, of the 1700 block of Calamia Drive, was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison for production and possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August of this year.

Romano had posed as a babysitter for the sole purpose of gaining access to a 2-year-old girl in order to sexually exploit her. In October 2009, he posted an advertisement on sittercity.com, a national, on-line nanny and babysitting service. His post read:

"I love kids, reading to them, playing games, doing crafts or making snacks, and other things kids like. Mine are grown now, so I am looking to being kind of a step-grandfather by babysitting to be with kids again."

Romano even obtained a security background check to offer to prospective clients. He was contacted by corresponded with and was interviewed by a parent who hired Romano to babysit his daughter for only a couple of hours on one occasion. In that short time, Romano sexually exploited the little girl and photographed the exploitation with his cell phone. He then sent the images to another pedophile in Oregon via the internet.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov

The case was jointly investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise S. Wolf. 

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patchsux November 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
what parent in there right mind would leave a child with a 56 yr old male stranger from a classified AD?? authorities should be talking to her!
Susan November 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Wife of Mr.Romano, I'm getting very tired of seeing this garbage all over the internet, there is no regard on how the family might be feeling just about now and then seeing this garbage . The writer of these reports should have more regard about how it might effect family members there already hurting enough over this and then to have it spread all over the internet and media we are all fed up give it a rest he is not a celebrity or any body important . Think of that family there hurting enough.
Josh November 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
you harbored a sick, twisted monster. you deserve no regard. They should just stone him and the rest of the garbage that hurt children
Susan Romano January 04, 2013 at 02:30 AM
You want to discuss this in private? Its one thing to shoot your mouth on the internet but to it in the real world well that it is something else. By the way in the bible it say "He who is without sin cast the first stone"
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