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SEX ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last month after the victim’s stepfather filed a complaint with the police. When apprehended, officers discovered illegal drugs in the suspect’s possession. (Samoa News has chosen not...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested last month on the allegation that he burglarized a home in Fagaima before he assaulted an intoxicated man who was walking on the road late at night. When questioned by police, the defendant, Aroni Iosua said that he wanted to be a bad person and he was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 52-year-old man from Pavaivai was arrested by police last month, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl. The matter was reported to authorities by the victim’s father on Nov. 10th. Police who responded spoke to the victim and her parents at their home in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 66-year-old man from Vatia was arrested by police last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court on the allegation that he sexually abused a 6-year-old girl. Samoa News has chosen not to name the defendant to protect the privacy of the 6-year-old girl. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter over a period of 4 months will serve 7 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of all parties...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man from Futiga was taken into custody last month for the alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl after he walked into the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) and turned himself in. The defendant made his initial appearance in District Court last month. He is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested during a public peace disturbance in Futiga two weeks ago and the government is charging them separately. The men are Sepulona Matagi and his wife’s uncle, Filisi Faavae. Matagi is charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse and two counts of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 13-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s parents filed their complaints against him with the police last month. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — Police arrested an 18-year-old young man last week accused of sexually abusing his two younger sisters and he’s now being charged. The two victims are aged 10 and 15, and both lived in the same house with the suspect during the time of the alleged offenses. According to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 19-year-old male was arrested by police last week on the allegation that he attempted to rape a 17-year-old girl inside the victim’s home in Faleniu. The government claims that on May 15th around 2:38p.m, a woman from Faleniu contacted the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS...

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