Ventura County – Taking the George S. Kaufman character of Sheridan Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” perhaps to heart and certainly exceeding the impositions perpetrated by that comic character, Jose Francisco Romero, a 49-year-old houseguest of Santa Paula friends who were providing him temporary housing “while he attempted to secure more permanent housing arrangements,” as described by Santa Paula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Watson, allegedly conducted himself with egregious impropriety in the company of the family’s 6-year-old daughter.
Pursuant to conduct of which Romero is suspected on the afternoon of June 23rd which was reported the following day by the child’s mother, police conducted an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age and exposing a child to lewd harmful materials.
Evidence gathered through “preliminary interviews of the involved parties” indicated that Romero asked the child to join him in his bedroom so that he could show her “some pictures.” Then, with the little girl accepting his invitation to sit on his lap, he displayed a number of cellphone images of his own genitals and primary sexual organ. While doing so, he took the opportunity to fondle the child’s genitals in direct contact with her skin.
Romero was contacted at his place of employment on June 24th, arrested on the aforementioned charges, and then transported to Ventura County Jail where he is held on an unspecified bail amount, and where the exposure of his genitals may well receive a more receptive audience.
Citizens Journal: Santa Paula man arrested for lewd acts with six year old girl