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SEX ABUSE

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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...
Taxi driver, Pitone Sivatia
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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 67-year-old taxi driver accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl has opted to take a plea offer from the government. Pitone Sivatia's trial was set to kick off this week. It was in the middle of jury selection that defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail for a man accused of — among other things — raping his biological daughter, is set at $50,000. In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of the parties involved. Samoa News points out that the alleged sexual activities...
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Apia, SAMOA — A Supreme Court Justice in Samoa has blamed a woman for failing to protect her daughter from being sexually abused by her father. The comments came during the sentencing of a 47-year-old man, who was found guilty of raping his step-daughter five times, starting when she was 13 years...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The the case of the 45-year-old stepfather who is accused of sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter is now bound over to the High Court, after the defendant waived his rights to a preliminary hearing last week. (Samoa News has decided to withhold the name of the...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Fagasa who is accused of sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter was arrested by police this week. (Samoa News has decided to withhold the name of the stepfather, to protect the 11-year-old. It should be noted that the Court affidavit...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —A 21-year-old man from Malaeimi accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Kose Logova’a appeared in High Court yesterday morning for his Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Public Defender...

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