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SEX ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is now in custody after he was arrested last week on the allegation that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. Joseph Leota made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde last week. He is charged with one count of sodomy, a class...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAA SAMOA — A 31-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Filipo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Filipo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Eliapo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Eliapo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old stepfather from Samoa who is accused of sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter was arrested by police last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. During his arrest, cops found drugs in his pocket. (Samoa News has decided to withhold the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested during a family quarrel, which evolved into an alleged public peace disturbance (PPD) in Ottoville between a father-in-law and his stepdaughter’s husband last month. While both are being charged for PPD, separately, each also have serious additional...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old cousin was arrested by police last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s aunt filed her complaint against him with the police a few months ago. He is also charged with possession of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi has been convicted of escape from confinement, a felony punishable by imprisonment of not more than 5 years, and/ or a fine of not more than $5,000 or both. Under a plea agreement, Kolose Tautua, 29, admits that on/ or about April 24, 2019, he escaped...
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A man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Fereti Lafoga was originally charged with first degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, second degree burglary — all class C felonies — and two class A misdemeanors: third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of allegedly inappropriately touching his 16-year old niece will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the victim told...
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  A 52-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 15-year-old niece was arrested after authorities were tipped off by the victim’s stepmother. (In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant, who is her uncle. The court affidavit provides the...

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