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SEX ABUSE

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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl was filed in District Court last month. During his arrest, cops discovered drugs in his possession and in his vehicle. Fiatoa Maeli, 47, made his initial appearance last month. He is charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A married man with 4 young children is now in custody after being arrested by police last month on the allegation that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old niece for a period of over 6 month. Moreover, the grandmother of the alleged victim told...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — John Makeati, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kristine Soule. Makeati was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN 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 — Police arrested a 53-year-old man last month, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl. The government claims that the defendant, Vasega Faalata, forcibly kept the victim inside his house for over an hour while he sexually abused her. Faalata, who has a...

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