Livingston jury convicts man of child molestation

A jury on Wednesday found a 33-year-old man guilty of child molestation, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Charles Romero, of Amy Benton Lane in Pine Grove, will be sentenced Nov. 12, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The jury deliberated for about an hour before returning a guilty verdict.

Livingston Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested Romero on April 14, 2012, on accusations of molesting an 8-year-old girl when the girl visited his home, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The victim told an adult about the incident who then contacted police.

Romero faces a minimum of 25 years in prison because the victim was under the age of 13, the District Attorney’s Office said.