The Girl Who Accused Highland Park Baseball Star Ryan Romo of Rape is Now Suing Him

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The 16-year-old girl who accused a former Highland Park baseball star of rape is now countersuing him in civil court.

In March, after a grand jury declined to indict Ryan Romo on rape charges, the Romo family sued his accuser and her family, claiming, among other things, defamation and negligent supervision of the girl. The girl and her family denied those charges in a brief filing late last week. And today, a new countersuit from the family says that Romo did in fact rape the girl, and alleges that the District Attorney's office allowed only a "one-sided presentation" that didn't allow them to show evidence proving that she had been assaulted.

The new countersuit was first reported by CultureMap , which also notes that the family is being represented by Charla Aldous, who also represented the family of the student involved in the Episcopal School of Dallas statutory rape case.

Unlike the Romos' lawsuit, which used the girl's parents' real names and referred to the girl herself by the initials S.W., this answer was filed using pseudonyms. The girl is referred to throughout as Jane Doe.

The countersuit decries the allegations made by Romo and his family in their original suit, which was filled with explicit details about the girl's purported sexual history and the nature of her family life. The girl's family calls the suit "retribution" for reporting her rape, and says the allegations were designed to "embarrass and cause distress."

According to the suit, the District Attorney's office allowed the girl to testify against Romo during the grand jury hearing, but didn't allow her to submit any other evidence. A gynecologist, who examined the girl, and who according to the suit would have testified that there were "objective signs of forcible entry consistent with rape," was also not called. The girl saw the gynecologist after she'd already been examined by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; the nurse referred the girl to the gynecologist, according to the suit, "due to the severity of her injury."

After the grand jury declined to indict Romo, the suit says, the family decided it wasn't in the girl's best interest to pursue any legal recourse. Instead, they decided to "move on and focus on emotionally healing the broken 16-year-old girl and to try to return to normalcy."

The Romos' lawsuit "has been a re-victimization of Jane Doe and has plunged the family back into crisis," the countersuit says. "Now this family, who never asked for this to happen to Jane, must defend themselves from heinous allegations designed to embarrass all of them."

The family is suing Romo for assault, and accusing his family of "intentional infliction of emotional distress," adding, "The conduct of Ryan Romo in assaulting Jane Doe and then the Romos disparaging her is extreme and outrageous and goes beyond all possible bounds of decency." They're asking for various damages, court costs and a jury trial.


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18 comments
roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

OK, so you have a picture of the alleged perp,  where is the picture of the alleged victim?   

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

when in doubt every crooked as fuck DA or ADA in this land take the side of the rich

Tom434
Tom434

Wake me when there is a settlement or the Texas Supreme Court issues a decision

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

In the He said She said world we live in  ?  The Young Guy should be thankful for his good fortune when he emerged from the Grand Jury process with out being  indicted  . And be fully aware that Having SEXUAL INTERCOURSE with the Young Lady apparently  wasn't a wise choice to make.

Learn from what happened and move on . 

 

 


ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

How did the DA NOT call all relevant witnesses????

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

The lawsuit by Romo's family was questionable when it was filed. The boy had won by not getting indicted; why open the issue by filing the lawsuit? There appears to be clear evidence that there was sex the night in question, there is apparently a recording in which he admitted to sex, she is underage.

my presumption was it was an offensive act in an attempt to deter the girl's family from doing the same. if that was the objective, it failed.

it seems to me the girl's family isn't going to back away, they are going to force Romo to defend himself just as Romo is attempting to force the girl to defend herself.

my bet is on the girl prevailing, although at the end of the day both families and kids will lose a lot.

oh, having followed the ESD saga, I wouldn't want to go into a courtroom battle with Charla Aldous on the other side. she tore ESD, the ESD Headmaster and staff, into pieces. it wasn't pretty....

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

Oh, goodie.  Another chance for us all to speculate about shit we know nothing about, to take sides on shit that is none of our business, and to watch the legal equivalent of a train wreck.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@ozonelarryb back pocket of rich family, crony-ism, envelopes full of cash, secret handshake deals....

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@crimjunkie it is our fucking business when rich folk get treated better in our supposedly "equal" and "fair" criminal justice system, which is anything but...

James080
James080

@crimjunkie  

A 16 year old girl being raped in my community is my business.

A DA who half-ass investigates a rape charge in my community is my business.


CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@crimjunkie With a handle like "crimjunkie," I'd expect that you're familiar with the idea of watching human train wrecks.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@James080 You are, of course, correct.  A 16-year-old girl being raped in our community is all our business.  So are DA investigations, half-assed or whole-assed, of rape charges by 16-year-old girls.

What happened here?  I don't know.  And I certainly won't know from reading the court pleadings and Unfair Park.  Nor will I know from talking to a co-worker who lives in Highland Park and is privy to the rumor mill (or at least one side of it) because, I think, his kids know the principals.

I will say that the fact Charla Aldous is involved, and is on the side of Jane Doe, inclines me to think there may be something there on Jane Doe's side.

My natural sympathies lie with Jane Doe.  I don't think false rape accusations are frequently made.  That said, I don't know shit about this situation and neither, I think, do the overwhelming majority of Unfair Park readers.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@CogitoErgoSum "Crim" as in King Crimson; "junkie" as in a voracious consumer of King Crimson's entire catalogue of music.  Which is its own sort of train wreck, to be sure.

I'm an attorney and indeed accustomed to watching legal train wrecks.  Which this assuredly is.  A sad and tragic one, to be sure, without regard to who is telling the truth.  I hope our judicial system sorts it out correctly, though I dare say no one will emerge a "winner."

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@James080 @crimjunkie I sympathize with the desire to "clear one's name."  But let's be real honest--litigation never results in the clearing of one's name.  Just look at any number of cases covered by HLN--was Casey Anthony's name "cleared" when the jury came back?  People will have their own opinions regardless of what a jury ultimately finds.


There's no real upside for Romo, but there is a huge downside.  He was never indicted, but the statute of limitations hasn't run.  Since he's the plaintiff in this lawsuit, he can't refuse to testify by taking the Fifth.  He's doing to have to testify in deposition and again at trial.  And you better believe that there will be an ADA taking notes to see if he flubs his story.  Because if he does, he can always be prosecuted in the future.

The only way this lawsuit makes sense for Romo is if there are other victims out there--this lawsuit may be effective in intimidating them and preventing them from coming forward.

James080
James080

@crimjunkie @James080  

I don't know what actually happened either, and I have refrained from commenting on this story for that very reason. Actions should have consequences, but I'm left with the impression Mr. Romo has avoiding consequences due to his family's political influence.

Ultimately, everyone will be damaged in this civil suit, however if Mr. Romo is innocent, it's certainly his right to try to clear his name. If Jane Doe is telling the truth, she's entitled to her ounce of flesh and to tag Romo in court as a rapist.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@crimjunkie @James080  

I still say that Jane Doe's defense rests with the privilege that complainants have.  The Romo suit should be summarily dismissed.  The rest of the Romo allegations are unfounded and baseless.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@crimjunkie @CogitoErgoSum bet its fun to have a license

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