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'I feel guilty every day,' says convict in sex assault

Jul 12, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

A Fremont County man will spend the next 18 to 40 years behind bars after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

"Your Honor, I feel guilty every day," Rodney Alex Romo said during his June 28 sentencing in Lander's 9th District Court. "It ain't me. ... I wasn't thinking at all."

According to court documents, Romo entered a guilty plea to the felony charge on March 9. Documents state that on or about July 1, 2011, through last Sept. 2, Romo, whose year of birth is 1961, inflicted sexual intrusion on a child younger than 16 years old.

At the sentencing hearing, Fremont County deputy attorney Patrick LeBrun said Romo was in a position of authority when he committed the crime.

"Obviously, it's a very serious crime under Wyoming law," LeBrun said, adding that he believed 18 to 40 years was a "fair sentence."

District Judge Norman E. Young said he considered probation, but felt it was inappropriate "given the nature of this offense."

Romo apologized to the court.

"I acknowledge it, and I really feel bad," he said. "It hurts me every day."

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