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CHILD ABUSE

Dear Editor, First time offender vs. first time raped. The Public Defender loves to play the ‘ First time offenders card’, which describes the defendant who has no previous criminal record. (But has a trail of unreported sexual misconducts with same victim.) So how do you put back to normal a child...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman was arrested by police last month and accused of abusing her 13-year-old son. The defendant is charged with one count of abuse of a child involving domestic violence, a class D felony; along with one count of 3rd degree assault and one count of endangering the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man accused of punching a 13-year-old boy and then striking him with a piece of wood has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sene Aleki, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond appeared before the court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of three accused of abusing his young child before he turned around and allegedly assaulted a neighbor who reported the child abuse incident to police is now in custody after he was arrested last month. During his arrest, police discovered illegal drugs in the...
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Apia, SAMOA — A 14 year old boy from Falevao has died from injuries sustained  after his father used a ‘amo’ or tree branch, to beat him. Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti confirmed that a 62 year old male of Falevao and Falefa has...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man accused of punching a 16-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a piece of lumber has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tipasa Laulu who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-old mother of two is now behind bars after being arrested for abusing her two children. The mother made her initial appearance in court last month. She is charged with two counts of abusing of a child involving domestic violence, a class D felony, punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 72-year-old uncle accused of molesting his 12-year-old niece was arrested by police two weeks ago after the victim’s 6-year-old brother discovered the defendant’s alleged action and immediately alerted his mother. The defendant told investigators that he only kissed...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old mother accused of abusing her 7-year-old daughter by using a rubber slipper is now in custody after she was arrested last week by investigators pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. The case against the defendant reached authorities after the father...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man accused of punching a 15-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a tree branch has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Teofilo Afamasaga who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court...

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