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Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police have finalised criminal charges against a 51-year-old reverend of the Methodist Church, Tugia Tuliau, who is facing 10 counts. Charges include one of rape and seven of sexual misconduct with a family member, as well as an indecent act to a dependent member of his family,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Martin Agafili, 31, made his initial appearance last week. Bail is set at $1,000 and pretrial conference is Nov. 18th. He is charged with third degree assault and public peace disturbance, both class A misdemeanors. Agafili was arrested after a woman who was riding the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man accused of entering a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman after he allegedly broke in to the woman’s home thrice was arrested last week following a traffic stop in the Iliili area. Asuni Okesene is charged with first degree burglary, false...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The third co-defendant in the Taputimu sexual assault case has been ordered to serve 28 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, as a condition of a 7-year probation term. Nick Mataia appeared in High Court yesterday morning for sentencing....
Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia told a man who pled guilty to sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls last year, that his actions were not only ugly, but also unacceptable in American Samoa. “Drugs such as meth, to be followed by sex acts are the types of things that we...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Fiji convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year old girl — who is also a Fiji national — has been ordered by the High Court to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for 7 years, which is the duration of his probation sentence....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 38-year-old man from Samoa who sexually assaulted a 35-year-old neighbor has entered into a plea agreement with the government, and he will be sentenced next month. Mikaele Ioane, who has a criminal record in District Court for crimes involving alcohol, was initially...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three men who were arrested and charged for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls last year appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Loma Michael Iosia and Nick Mataia — both in custody unable to post a $100,000 surety bond — were...
Dear Editor, This latest unprofessional behavior by the Director and Deputy Director of ASHPO brings to mind a culture being nurtured with its own tainted set of values by an apathetic administration. It openly violates our constitutional rights to work in a harassment, hate free and safe, work...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 30-year-old male of Sa’asa’ai. Last Sunday the police responded to a homicide case at Pu’apu’a where it was confirmed that the deceased is a male of Sa’asa’ai. A postmortem is scheduled to confirm the cause of death with...

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