Roommate Charged in Child Sex Abuse Case Pleads “Not Guilty”

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Tyler Barney, one of В three suspects in a child sex abuse case that is believed to have spanned a two-year period, plead “Not Guilty” in Carbon County Seventh District Court on Monday.

Barney was charged with two counts of sexually abusing a child, both first-degree felonies, when police received reports in November the occupants of the Romano household may have been sexually abusing multiple children since 2010.

Timothy Romano has since plead no contest to two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, a first-degree felony in connection with one child, and has began serving his sentence of up to five years in the Utah State Prison for each count.

Amanda Romano, wife of Timothy, is charged with five counts of object sex abuse of a child, five counts of sodomy on a child, and four counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies in connection with two children. Amanda’s preliminary hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 6.

Investigators have collected В evidence to suggest six children were victimized by the suspects named in this case.

“We have not been able to come to a resolution in this case, we will need to set a trial date,” said Barney’s attorney Travis Blackburn.

Judge George Harmond set Barney’s one day trial by jury for Thursday, May 30, at 9a.m. A pre-trial was set for May 6.

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