Ramos enters no-contest plea for sex assault

LIHUE — A Koloa man pleaded no contest to child-sex crimes on Tuesday in 5th Circuit Court.

Travis Kainau Ramos Rayno, 20, was arrested on Oct. 29, 2012, for first-degree enticing child, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, three counts of attempted first-degree sexual assault and six counts of attempted third-degree sexual assault.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Arin read the charge in court. The crime occurred on Sept. 5, 2012, when the defendant allegedly engaged in conduct that is considered to be a substantial step toward an action the would result in the culmination of second-degree sexual assault.    

Rayno was represented by private attorney Craig De Costa. He presented the plea document that reduced the original first-degree charge to second degree.

The charge is a B-felony and carries a maximum possible prison sentence of 10 years. The state in the plea agreement asked for up to 18 months jail with probation, treatment and restitution to the victim.

The charge will also require the defendant to register with the state sex offender registry for life.

The change of plea hearing was held before Judge Kathleen Watanabe.

Rayno will be sentenced on Feb. 27  before Chief Judge Valenciano. The sentencing will include the sex assault case with a second case of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Rayno was arrested on the charges July 23 on the charge and entered a no-contest change of plea on Oct. 17. The class C felony could bring a maximum five-year prison sentence.

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