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Highland Park family files rape claim lawsuit

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The family of a former Highland Park student-athlete recently cleared of a rape charge, filed a lawsuit against the accuser's family.

Ryan Romo's parents say they have evidence the girl's family demanded money and an admission of guilt. The lawsuit alleges the 16-year-old accuser planned, initiated and consented to having sex with Ryan.

The two met at a concert at the Palladium in October 2012. The police report says they took a taxi back to his SUV parked outside his house and had sex in the backseat.

Two days later, University Park Police arrested Romo and charged him with sexual assault.

Romo's attorney Mark Senter says he passed a polygraph test in November. A Dallas County Grand Jury cleared him in late January. But two weeks before, Senter says the accuser's family went to talk to Romo's family.

"They gave a list of demands, some of their demands contained money demands some contained others - and those demands were not amenable to the Romo's," Senter said. "It was basically asking their son to admit to something he hadn't done."

According to the lawsuit, the accuser, "told friends after Ryan was arrested that she did not want to press charges against Ryan and ruin his life."

The lawsuit also alleges that the accuser, "was used as a pawn to further her parents' 'get rich' scheme."

The accuser's attorney calls the lawsuit claims "trumped up" and "frivolous." The family nor the attorney would talk on camera, but did release a statement that reads in part:

"The lawsuit is trumped up, and contains countless misrepresentations and falsities. The family looks forward to its day in Court. When the jury hears all of the evidence, especially from the girl's treating OB/GYN (who was not called as a witness during the grand jury matter), then the jury will learn the truth about Ryan Romo."

The last few months have been difficult for both families.

Romo had to leave Highland Park to be home-schooled his senior year. He wasn't allowed to play baseball and lost college scholarships.

The accuser received threats at school and had to transfer to another high school.

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