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Public’s help sought in locating abduction suspect

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Spotsylvania County suspectauthorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man facing charges for sex crimes against a child.

Filomeno Romero, 40, is charged with abduction with the intent to defile and forcible sodomy.

A Spotsylvania County school resource officer started to notice that a student was developing behavioral problems at school, said Lt. Troy Skebo with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

When the officer spoke with the 11-year-old male student, he disclosed that a family member had committed a crime against him at their home in November, Skebo said.

Romero’s relationship to the child was not released in accordance with the family’s request, he said.

Romero is a Hispanic male described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and approximately 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Skebo said Romero has resided in the United States for 19 years and has a valid permanent-resident alien card.

He may have family or friends in the Chicago area, Skebo said.

Anyone with information about Romero’s whereabouts is asked to call the Spotsylvania County Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822 or anonymously text SEE911 to CRIMES (274637).

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419