Four more men have joined a lawsuit alleging that their former adopted father sexually abused them as children while they lived on a farm in Hakalau more than 20 years ago.
The lawsuit, filed in March, was amended Monday in First Circuit Court to include them as plaintiffs. The number of plaintiffs is now at five.
The men are known as John Roe 8 of Honolulu, John Roe 16 of Everett, Wash., John Roe 17 of Salinas, Calif., John Roe 18 of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and John Roe 19 of San Francisco.
The lawsuit alleges that Jay Ram, also known as Gary Winnick, abused the boys from the mid- to late 1980s and early 1990s after adopting them. The boys were between the ages of 8 and 17.
Most of the boys were adopted in California.
Ram, now believed to be living in Saipan, moved the boys to Hakalau in 1987 where he built a house and a farm.
There, he enforced control over them, the suit alleges, by preventing them from visiting friends’ houses, having girlfriends and playing sports, the suit alleges.
Though the alleged abuse occurred decades ago, the plaintiffs are able to file a suit due to a two-year window provided by the state that allows victims to file civil suits beyond the statute of limitations.