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02/05/14                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

 

Choctaw County Gymnastic Coach Charged with Rape & Lewd Acts with Children Now Charged in South Carolina

February 3, 2014, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Sandro Ramos (d.o.b. 3/15/1974) on behalf of the Simpsonville Police Department in South Carolina. Ramos has been charged in South Carolina with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16. He is currently incarcerated in the Choctaw County Jail awaiting trial on a charge of first degree rape and four counts of lewd molestation that occurred in Choctaw County in 2013.

Ramos, a gymnastics instructor and owner of Gymnastics and More in Hugo, Oklahoma, was arrested during a joint investigation by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in October 2013 for rape in the first degree of a child under the age of 14. Four counts of lewd molestation were added to the charges after a preliminary hearing in Choctaw County District Court December 18, 2013.

Ramos was a member of the Oklahoma Gymnastics Board and has coached gymnastics in Florida, South Carolina, and Hugo, Oklahoma. He has been living in Oklahoma since 2011.

The joint investigation by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation identified a potential victim of Ramos in South Carolina. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was contacted and investigative assistance was requested in locating and interviewing Ramos’ former student. During the interview, the victim disclosed being sexually abused by Ramos in South Carolina.

The investigations in Oklahoma and South Carolina are ongoing. Based on the facts of the case, it is believed Ramos may have other victims who have not been identified.

A hold has been placed on Ramos by South Carolina authorities who plan to extradite him for prosecution after the case in Choctaw County is resolved.

Sandro Ramos Photo