ANGLETON — A 52-year-old Alvin man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted this week on one count of attempted indecency with a child and two counts of indecency with a child.
David Eugene Romano, a former Alvin High School culinary arts teacher, was accused of sexually touching a boy younger than 17. He pleaded not guilty to the felony offenses in 239th District Court.
“A jury found him guilty and assessed his punishment,” District Attorney Jeri Yenne said. “So that is to community standards.”
Alvin ISD placed Romano on administrative leave after they were informed of the investigation, which began when the boy’s mother contacted the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 20, 2017. The boy was not a student of the high school.
Romano also served as an unpaid reserve officer with the Hillcrest Village Police Department and worked as a scuba instructor at Dave’s Scuba Adventures in Alvin at the time of his arrest.
The charges stem from two incidents that both took place in August 2013, according to court documents. Romano was a mentor to the boy from June 2012 to February 2014, documents state.
The jury sentenced Romano to 10 years in state prison for the attempted indecency conviction and one county of indecency with a child, and 20 years for indecency with a child. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Romano will have to register as a sex offender once released. Conviction of indecency with a child requires lifetime registration.
Defense attorney Robert Miller said Wednesday afternoon the defendant plans to appeal, but declined to comment further on the case.