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Man charged on allegations of raping his niece

A 38-year-old man is being held on $50,000 bail on allegations he raped his 17-year-old niece. Samoa News is withholding the name of the uncle to protect the identity of the victim in this matter. The defendant’s sister is the mother of the victim.


The uncle is charged with felony counts of Rape, Sexual Abuse, Deviate Sexual Assault and Incest.


The government claims on July 16, 2013 a woman reported to police that she caught her brother naked in the bedroom with her daughter. The woman told police she heard her daughter getting up in the middle of the night, around 1:30a.m. and the mother thought the daughter had gone to use the restroom. However, when she didn’t hear the bathroom door closing, she got up to look for her daughter.


Police Officer Kimberly Mau, the lead investigator in this matter, interviewed the 17-year-old girl.


Court filings say, the girl told police the first incident occurred on July 11, 2013 where she woke up and the defendant was laying next to her, touching her back and touching her inappropriately.


The second incident occurred on July 16, 2013 where the defendant woke the girl up and told her he needed to talk to her at his house. The victim followed him, and that’s when sexual intercourse occurred, which lasted three minutes. The victim told police she was a virgin when the incident occurred.


Court filings say the victim told a social worker that she was raped by her uncle. The victim explained that she was sleeping in the living room with her mother and cousin when the defendant woke her.


She claims her uncle was drunk and told her he needed to talk to her at his house and she attempted to wake up her mother but she did not wake up. According to court filings, the victim said the defendant grabbed her and pushed her towards his house and had sex with her even though she told the defendant to stop.


The victim stated that she tried to yell but the defendant told her to be quiet. “Victim told defendant to stop and told him he was hurting her but defendant again told her to be quiet, victim again pleaded with him to let her go home and that he was hurting her stomach but defendant told her stop and be quiet.”


During the police interview with the defendant, court filings say, he admitted that he has had feelings for his niece for a very long time and that he’s aroused every time he sees her. Court filings further state that the first incident was when the defendant went to fetch the iPod charger and the girl was sleeping, with her shirt halfway up to her breast and that’s when he touched her on her private parts.


The second incident occurred on July 17, 2013 where he had sex with his niece.


The incident occurred in the village of Pago Pago. The defendant was arraigned in the High Court yesterday where he denied the charges filed against him with his pre-trial conference scheduled for next month.