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CHILD ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-old mother of two is now behind bars after being arrested for abusing her two children. The mother made her initial appearance in court last month. She is charged with two counts of abusing of a child involving domestic violence, a class D felony, punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 72-year-old uncle accused of molesting his 12-year-old niece was arrested by police two weeks ago after the victim’s 6-year-old brother discovered the defendant’s alleged action and immediately alerted his mother. The defendant told investigators that he only kissed...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old mother accused of abusing her 7-year-old daughter by using a rubber slipper is now in custody after she was arrested last week by investigators pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. The case against the defendant reached authorities after the father...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man accused of punching a 15-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a tree branch has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Teofilo Afamasaga who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young mother accused of abusing her young child before she turned around and allegedly assaulted an elderly woman who reported the child abuse incident to police two years ago is now in custody after she was arrested last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the...
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Apia, SAMOA — The principal of a secondary school in Samoa is under police investigation after allegedly using PVC piping to assault an 18-year-old student. The beating is alleged to have happened after the student posted a photograph of him and another student on social media wearing their school...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $5,000 for Afasene Hunkin who is charged with child abuse and third degree assault for allegedly punching his 11-year-old nephew and then striking the boy with the flat end of a machete. Hunkin, 29, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 56-year-old man accused of raping and molesting a 10-year-old girl several times in April of this year has admitted to the court that the accusations against him are true. Ioakimo Felise appeared in court yesterday morning for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. He was...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 55-year-old man who has being charged for allegedly raping and molesting a 10-year-old girl is ready to plead guilty to the charges against him. Ioakimo Felise, who is still in custody since the time of his arrest in April of this year, appeared before the High Court...