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Sex Offender Accused of Photographing OHS Students, Arrested for Violating Registration Requirements

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Ralph Romo was working for Frosty Treats Ice Cream for just two days before a parent of a student spotted him taking pictures of girls outside of Odessa High School (OHS) earlier this month.

According to the arrest report, the witness was able to identify Romo by using a sex offender database, as he has had numerous convictions before. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety's website, all of his previous convictions have involved children.

The documents also say that Romo is transient and has been sleeping in a vehicle in a parking lot at 4212 Tanglewood.

"As you know, sex offenders are required to update their addresses, update their employment status, and so forth," Steve LeSueur, the spokesperson for the Odessa Police Department (OPD), said.

However, Romo didn't.

According to the report, Romo had been working at Command Center between September and March. He started working at Frosty Treats Ice Cream nearly a month later. By law, he is required to update his employment status within seven days.

"The investigation revealed that he was not working where he reported to be working at," LeSueur said.

Parents near OHS did not want to speak on camera but tell us they never received any sort of notification from the school. District officials say that's because ECISD police never made contact with the suspect and could not confirm if the man was in fact a sex offender, so the case was turned over to OPD.

NewsWest 9 also reached out to Frosty Treats Ice Cream but have not heard back.

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