Court Report



One of two men facing charges of rape in connection with a sex case involving the same girl has entered into a plea agreement with the government. The defendants in this case are “John” also known as Lemisio Taetuli and the victim’s uncle, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

However Taetuli entered a guilty plea while the government’s case against the uncle is still in negotiation. Taetuli, who remains in custody of police on bail of $50,000 is charged with rape, sodomy with a child, deviate sexual assault with a child, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taetuli pleaded guilty to rape while the remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Richmond accepted the plea agreement and scheduled sentencing for the defendant on October 24, 2012. According to the government’s case, the incidents came to light when the victim ran away from home and a report was filed with police. 

It's alleged the victim, now 14 years old, told the police that sexual incidents started between her and Lemisio Taetuli when she was 12 years old.

Court documents state that Taetuli, admitted to police that he had oral sex and sexual intercourse with the victim when she was 12 years of age and gave the victim money after they had sexual intercourse or oral sex.

The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin while prosecuting are Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop and Assistant Attorney General Camille Philippe.


A former clerk for Kooline Refrigeration who stole, forged and cashed checks for her personal use was sentenced to 12 months in jail as a condition of her three- year sentence.

However Fegaua’i Toese has been released from jail, and Chief Justice Michael Kruse noted that the defendant has paid back $1,200 to the company, and it was requested through the government to release Toese given that she has paid back the money.

Toese was initially charged for stealing and forgery, and in a plea agreement she pled guilty to both charges against her. The defendant apologized to the court, Kooline and her family for her actions, for which she was remorseful.

Toese asked the court to allow her to return home to care for her family. Kruse sentenced the defendant to three years in jail for felony stealing and three years for forgery and the sentences were to run at the same time, or concurrently.

Kruse suspended the execution of sentencing and placed Toese on three- year probation under the conditions that she serve 12 months in jail, pay restitution, (which she has already done) and remain  a law abiding citizen, visiting her probation office regularly.  

Kruse then ordered the defendant be credited for time served and stayed the balance of the 12 months.

According to the government’s case the incident was discovered when the Kooline Refrigeration Samoa manager, who was off island from June 1-9, 2012, found upon his return three checks missing.

The manager told police he tried to contact the defendant, but she had left for Samoa and upon returning to the island did not return to work.

Toese was employed at Kooline, located in Nu’uuli for just a few months. The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde.


The court heard from Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin that her client Naomi Mavaega has taken the plea deal offer from the government, however the proper paperwork was just filed with the court.

The defendant is facing criminal charges on allegations that she stole a wallet, used the cash in it and then attempted to use the credit card belonging to the victim.

Mavaega of Ili’ili is charged with stealing and fraudulent use of a credit device.

Cardin asked the court to schedule another date for the court to hear the plea agreement which has already been signed between the government and the defendant. Chief Justice Michael Kruse scheduled the change of plea for the defendant on October 5, 2012.

Details of the plea deal will be read on that day. According to the government’s case, the victim’s wallet was stolen in the ER at LBJ on August 26, 2011.

The government claims the defendant admitted to police she had grabbed the victim’s wallet when she left the hospital, used the $40 cash, and also went to ASCO Motors with a man she owed money to, to buy tires in order to pay him back.

Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin represents Mavaega while prosecuting for the government is Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Hyde.


Hymie Sefo has denied allegations against him in a second case filed by the government when he was arraigned in the High Court. The defendant has another case pending in the High Court.

Sefo denied the charges of receiving stolen property, a class C felony which is punishable up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

According to the government’s case, an alleged burglary occurred at Leone High School where laptops were stolen. The LHS teacher told police five iMac computers, five keyboards, five mouses and a hard drive were taken from the classroom.

The government claims, that two other men burglarized the school and the defendant received one of the laptops. The defendant claims that he threw the computer away as it was inoperable and he didn’t want to get caught with a stolen computer in his possession.

The defendant is represented by Karen Shelley while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Cecilia Reyna.


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