While neighbors ask why the child’s mother hired a babysitter off the Internet, I am asking, when is the mother going to be charged with child endangerment, child neglect, and aiding and abetting a child sexual abuser?
“Neighbors are appalled that a child sexual predator was in their midst and they knew nothing about it. Moreover, they’re shocked that people would hire a man on the internet who went only by the name Gary R. to baby sit their kids.
Gary R., aka 56-year-old Gary Romano of Norristown, peered out his window to keep an eye on news media outlets standing outside his home.
Romano had previously been arrested back in July for possessing child pornography on his computers and trading it with another pedophile in the state of Washington.
He pled guilty to those charges in December.
Authorities say in three of the images, Romano is seen molesting a 2-year-old girl, but at the time, police did not know who she was.
“What we’ve learned through the investigation was that he was in contact with this child through a job that he secured as a babysitter,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
Authorities would learn that Romano was advertising his babysitting business on the website Sitter City.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Romano admitted to babysitting the female child and taking the images. The affidavit says Romano admitted to photographing these incidents and then sending them out via the internet.
His neighbors, however, are stunned.
“This is definitely shocking. It turns my stomach. I’m a little sick right now about the whole situation,” neighbor Allan Lane said.
“I am in shock. I have a 12-year-old daughter and I can’t believe this is right across the street from my house. This is unbelievable,” neighbor Robyn Keller-Bracey said.”
When are people going to stop being “shocked” and “stunned” over child sexual predators living in their neighborhood…or even in their own home?
“Jennifer LeBlanc noticed Romano would often talk to her kids when they went to the Walmart where he worked.
“He was talking, talking, talking;it was kind of like a little more excessively talking,” LeBlanc said.
Romano is awaiting sentencing on the child porn charges and is free on $50,000 cash bail on the new charges.”
Why is this man free on bond?
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