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SEX ABUSE

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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of disturbing the public peace in Taputimu last week is scheduled to appear in Court tomorrow for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last week that there is a possibility additional charges will be filed against the defendant on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Leone was taken into custody last week for the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Nomineta Solomona, a.k.a Neta made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 44-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested after authorities were tipped off by the victim’s aunty. (In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant, who is her uncle. The court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who unlawfully entered a house at night and attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl last year was sentenced to 28 months in prison, as a condition of his 7-year probation sentence. Ioapo Alema, 33, was initially charged with burglary in the second-degree and sexual...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government is going forward with their case against Faavae Solomona even without what could have been one of their strongest pieces of evidence, the results of a DNA test. Investigators recently discovered that the sample for the DNA test that was sent over to the...

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