Sentencing delayed for former Miami cop in child-porn case

Sentencing was delayed on Thursday for a former Miami police officer in a case where he admitted downloading child pornography on his computer.

Juan Roman, who nicknamed himself “Batman,” faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the federal child pornography charges to which he pleaded guilty. The sentencing will be rescheduled for the next several weeks.

In state court, Roman is also accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl inside his home while secretly recording with a hidden video camera.

Roman retired from the Miami police department in 2010. His arrest last year stunned the Miami Police Department, where he had still counted many friends.

“As a police officer, I swore an oath to serve and protect,” Roman wrote in a statement submitted to the court before Thursday’s hearing. “Instead, as a retired officer, I violated that oath by committing a crime against children. I dishonored the Miami Police Department. I violated the trust of my community.”

The former U.S. Army reservist was commended for his role as a military policeman in helping to secure Miami during the 1980s race riots.

Roman, 57, spent the majority of his career on patrol, with the last three as a spotter in Miami’s police helicopter. In that role, he received numerous commendations — including spotting a burglar, nabbing a man on a stolen motorcycle and doing a fly-over for the funeral of a Broward deputy killed in the line of duty.

To the court, his defense lawyer submitted 17 “character” letters on Roman behalf, including several from several current or former police officers.