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SEX ABUSE

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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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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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