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SEX ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. Sapena Anesi, 45, made his initial appearance last week. He is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and two class A...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested a 46-year-old taxi driver from Tafeta last week, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Alefosio Solomona made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and endangering...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl told he court the reason he changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ is because he wants to return to his family in Samoa. Lalomilo Raymond Taume, 35, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who unlawfully entered a house at night and attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl back in Oct. 2017 was sentenced to 28 months in prison, as a condition of a 7-year probation term.  Asopa’epa’e Alapati, 24, was initially charged with second-degree burglary and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 40-year-old man accused of touching a woman’s breast in a sexual manner has admitted to the charge against him. Talosaga Lolenese was initially charged with attempted rape and first degree sexual abuse, both class C felonies, punishable by imprisonment of not more...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver is being held on $30,000 bail on allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl from Ottoville. Reupena Vaega is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine...
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Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS — Young males in the Cook Islands are twice as likely to be sexually abused as those in New Zealand. That's according to a study conducted by the campus director at the University of the South Pacific in the Cook Islands. The recently published results from 2017 follow on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A 38-year old man accused of forcibly entering a Malaeimi home with the intent of making sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl who was inside her bedroom sleeping, was sentenced last week to 20 months imprisonment as part of a 5-year probation term. However, the wife...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 67-year-old taxi driver convicted of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl was ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation. During the time of the incident, Pitone Sivatia was a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of unlawful possession of 4 glass pipes containing a white crystalline substance has pled guilty. Malaki Tagaloa, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Tagaloa was initially...

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