A Loveland UFO author and convicted sex offender has been resentenced to probation after violating the terms of his initial sentence reportedly due to medical conditions.
Stanley Romanek, now 57, was resentenced to 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation Monday for sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 4 felony — a charge he was first arrested for in 2013 — after admitting to violating the terms of his probation sentence.
A jury first found Romanek guilty of the charge in October 2017 after a three-year legal battle, and he was sentenced to two years in a halfway house and 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation.
A warrant for Romanek’s arrest was filed in May 2018 after his probation was revoked. Romanek had reportedly missed several therapy sessions that he was required to complete as part of his sentence due to a contagious disease, his attorneys previously told 8th Judicial District Judge Susan Blanco. The contagious disease had also prevented him from appearing in court in person, they said.
Deputy District Attorney Joshua Ritter told the court Monday he agreed to resentencing Romanek to the same probation sentence because this “is a fairly unusual situation … due entirely to (Romanek’s) unusual medical circumstances.”
Defense attorney John Pineau said Romanek has already been undergoing treatment and he hopes Romanek will be more successful following the terms of his probation.
Romanek’s illnesses include bacteria infections, a seizure disorder and respiratory issues, which have only become more concerning with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pineau told the court.
Romanek, who appeared in court via telephone Monday, could be heard coughing throughout the hearing.
Blanco said she had concerns about Romanek not taking responsibility for his actions in this case, which she said could prevent him from being successful with his treatment.
“You are going to have to at some point accept what’s going on here or you’re going to be back before the court,” Blanco told Romanek.
As part of his sentence, Romanek will also have to remain a registered sex offender.
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