HONOLULU (AP) - A Wahiawa man released from prison last year after serving time for sexually molesting boys he coached in a soccer league is involved in youth soccer again.
Frederick Rames, 71, is associated with the Wahiawa Soccer Club, which held indoor soccer matches in February and March involving about 45 to 50 elementary school children, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Sunday.
Rames told the newspaper that he is not coaching players but is only helping to run the indoor league.
The 71-year-old Rames had been a longtime coach and organizer in the Wahiawa soccer community before pleading no contest in 2007 to third-degree sexual assault of six boys ranging from 6 to 12 years old. Prosecutors alleged that five of those boys were on soccer teams he coached.
Officials said because he served his full five-year sentence, Rames is not supervised by a parole agent and doesn't have restrictions placed on him that parolees might have.
Rames, who is on Hawaii's sex offender registry, said the registry rules prohibit him from being with minors unless an adult is present. He said that he doesn't disclose his past convictions unless asked.
Because of the news coverage of his case, "everybody knew about it anyway," he said.
Jed Tom, a longtime friend of Rames who runs the soccer club, said Rames acts as his assistant and is not involved with the children.