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SEX ABUSE

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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s aunt  and her husband filed complaints against him late last year. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify the man due to the...
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 36-year-old uncle accused of raping his 16-year-old niece was arrested last month and is now in custody. When arrested by police, illegal drugs were discovered in the defendant’s possession. The government claims that the alleged sexual abuse began last year, when the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A family quarrel which evolved into an alleged public peace disturbance in Mapusaga between an uncle and his niece’s husband last month has landed the two men in police custody. While both are being charged for PPD, separately, each also have serious additional charges...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In the interest of protecting the victims, Samoa News is withholding the names of the defendants in each case. The court affidavits provide the names of the defendants, but not the victims. FIRST CASE A stepfather accused of sexually abusing his 18-year-old stepdaughter...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl was filed in District Court last month. Thirty six-year-old man, who has a pending drug case in High Court from 2019, made his initial appearance last month. He is charged with two counts of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 66-year-old man from Vatia accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl is asking the court to set his case for trial. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant. The defendant, who has been in custody since his arrest,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-man accused of unlawfully entering a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman after he allegedly broke into the woman’s home was arrested by police last month after he was pulled over during a traffic stop in the Matu’u area. Farani Eveni is charged with...

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