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Isle prep football standout is charged


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POSTED: Friday, February 06, 2009

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Leilehua High School football standout Rico Newman with kidnapping and sexually assaulting his estranged girlfriend.

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Authorities say Newman, 18, confessed to the crimes.

He is charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. His bail is $100,000.

Police said Newman assaulted his girlfriend when she went to his Wahiawa apartment Monday to pick up their 2-year-old son. The girlfriend went to Wahiawa General Hospital for treatment.

Newman turned himself in at the Honolulu Police Department's Wahiawa station.

As a junior in 2007, Newman was the punter for the Leilehua team that defeated Saint Louis in the state Division 1 championship. Last year he was a standout running back and punter for the team that lost the championship to Punahou.