Grand Jury Fails to Indict Former Highland Park Student Ryan Romo in Alleged Rape

A Highland Park High School student accused of raping a fellow student following a concert in October will not be charged with the assault, after a Dallas County grand jury refused to indict the 19-year-old Monday.

A 16-year-old girl had told police that Ryan Romo, who no longer attends the school, had raped her in his Chevy Tahoe following a show at the Palladium Ballroom on Oct. 27. A rape exam indicated the girl had suffered a tear and abrasions, but Romo’s attorney, Reed Prospere, told the Morning News that the grand jury heard evidence from a polygraph in which Romo said the two had consensual sex.

The girl’s stepfather told the paper that the family “was extremely disheartened and dismayed”; additional charges will only come if more evidence is presented.