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Hugo Gymnastics Coach Tells Jury He's Sorry And Comments Were Mistranslated

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HUGO, OK -- A Hugo gymnastics coach takes the stand in his own defense at Day 3 of his rape trial, rebutting recordings that would appear to be incriminating that the jury heard on Day 2.

According to court documents, the 12-year-old says she kissed the coach and had sex with him at his home. But the coach and his lawyer say the girl had a schoolgirl crush, thought he would leave his wife for her, and that she made a false claim before.

On the stand on Wednesday afternoon, Sandro Ramos, 40, disputed comments from the third interview with an OSBI agent that was played for jurors Tuesday.

Ramos now says his comments about sexual activity that he made in the video interview had nothing to do with the 12-year-old gymnastics student who had stayed over one night.

"I think it had something to do with having sex with my wife in the morning," Ramos said, adding he had sex with his wife around 6 a.m. and the 12-year-old walked in to the room around 8:20 a.m.

"I was not myself on the third interview," said Ramos. "I do not remember a lot of the third interview. ...I just wanted everyone to leave me alone."

During his testimony, Ramos also addressed some of his comments during jailhouse phone calls with his wife the jury heard Tuesday.

Ramos said referring to the 12-year-old, "the word sexy in Spanish and English is the same word and I did not hear the word sexy in that phone call."

"The statement was that she did NOT come to my attention," Ramos said, adding that he uses Spanish from Spain and the translator had a Cuban background.

When asked why his wife seemed to be needling him to confess, Ramos testified "that's one of her ways to get to me."

When asked about the hundreds of text messages he said, "I guess with the text messages, I did lead her on. ...My intention was not to make her believe anything, but she did."

"I told her to erase all her text messages because I know she makes texts and calls in class and I didn't want her to get in more trouble," Ramos said.

Ramos also said a notebook with sexual notes from in class was not discussing him, but rather the girls' boyfriends.

He said in 2012, the girl started yelling "rape, rape" at the gym while he was only holding her arm, but he decided not to kick her out of the gym, and gave her another chance.

Ramos told the court, "I'm sorry for everything that's happened and the people that's been hurt by this. ...I want to apologize to everybody."

The OSBI says Ramos coached in Simpsonville, South Carolina, from 2010 to 2011, leading to an outcry from a 14-to-15 year old.

Ramos said he also coached at Tampa Academy in Florida about 5 years ago helping abused kids.

In this case, he's also facing 4 counts of lewd molestation.