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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year- old girl has pled guilty. Sione 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 Rob McNeill while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government alleges in its case against Chief Immigration Officer (CIO) Peseta Dennis Fuimaono that it was the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua who called Peseta sometime between Oct-Nov, 2016 and informed Peseta about the sexual abuse allegations made...
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Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist church minister in Samoa is facing eight charges, including rape and sexual connection, in relation to a girl under 16 years of age, who was living with his family. The accused's name suppression was lifted by the court today after the prosecution confirmed the victim is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 50-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 15-year-old niece was arrested after authorities were tipped off by the victim’s aunty. (In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant, who is her uncle. The court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of raping his 15-year-old niece was arrested last week and is now in custody. He made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Pro Temp Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde last week. The government claims that the alleged sexual...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 38-year-old taxi driver accused of sexually abusing his brother-in-law’s niece was arrested after the victim’s mother filed a complaint with police. Ofisa Tolai made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Bond is set at $10,000. He is charged with one...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who stopped by the District Court yesterday morning to visit the Probation Office was served a copy of an arrest warrant and subsequently arrested on allegations that he sexually abused his girlfriend’s niece. Été Aumua made his initial appearance before Judge...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A 38-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Calvin Aleki, who told the court that he came here to work as a mechanic, was initially charged with rape, sodomy, and three counts of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa convicted of raping his partner and pointing a gun to her face is going to jail. Kueva J. McFall, 40, appeared in court last week for sentencing. Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson defended, while prosecuting was Assistant Attorney General Laura...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 37-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl has pled guilty. Ryan Alesana, 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 Public Defender Michael White while prosecuting the...

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