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SEX ABUSE

American Samoa High Court building
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...
American Samoa High Court building
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...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year-old man who is accused of sexually abuse of a 13-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement he is guilty. Eti Muagututia, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last Friday for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Public...
Bus driver, Lalomilo Taume
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A case of another bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. It was the victim’s 20-year-old brother who alerted police about the alleged incident and as a result, the suspect was arrested. Lalomilo Raymond Taume, 42...
 Bus driver, Taifau Mulipola
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The unfaithful bus driver who was having a secret sexual relationship with a 16-year old girl for months is paying a small price for his actions. Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea ordered Taifau Mulipola to serve a period of detention of 14 months as a condition of...
Americsn Samoa Sex Offender Registry website at https://americansamoa.nsopw.gov/
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who spent 10 months in jail for touching a woman’s breast in a sexual manner is now free. Samasoni Leama was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on Wednesday, after his sentence was handed down by Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea. Leama...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 48-year-old Filipino national who was convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders — after he serves 20 months at the TCF — as a condition of a 5-year probation sentence. Melchor Alamis,...
TAFA’IGATA BOUND: Lupematasila Tai’s home for the next few years. (Photo: File)
Apia, SAMOA — A 53-year-old-man who impregnated his friend’s 14-year-old daughter has been sentenced to jail.  Lupematasila Ta’i, a fisherman of Siufaga Falelatai, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa to be sentenced on eight counts of sexual connection with a girl who was...