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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:07 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Former soccer coach indicted in sexual assaults

Advertiser Courts Writer

A former youth soccer coach was indicted by the O'ahu grand jury today on charges of sexually assaulting six boys from 2002 to this year.

Frederick Rames, 65, of Wahiawa, was indicted on 15 charges of first-degree sex assault, third-degree sex assault and tampering with three witnesses.

The indictment sends Rames' case to trial. He is scheduled to be arraigned next week when he is expected to plead not guilty and get a trial date.

Circuit Judge Derrick Chan confirmed Rames' bail of $1.15 million. Rames remains in custody, unable to post that amount.

In asking the judge to approve the bail, City First Deputy Prosecutor Douglas Chin told the judge Rames contacted three boys and told them that police were "bullies" and to "lie" to police. Chin said Rames told the boys to say the sexual assaults never happened.

Rames is accused of molesting the boys ages 7 to 12.

At least five were on Rames' soccer team, according to the prosecution.

Rames is charged with two counts of first-degree sex assault, which each carries a mandatory maximum 20-year prison term.