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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man from Futiga was taken into custody last month for the alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl after he walked into the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) and turned himself in. The defendant made his initial appearance in District Court last month. He is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man convicted of assaulting his wife by striking her on the left side of her head and also her body while she was on the ground with a stick about 10-12 inches long and a Samoan wooden pillow (‘ali’), was released from custody this week after serving over 5...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man was arrested by police last week for allegedly assaulting his wife, after his sister-in-law (his wife’s sister) called 911 for help and told police that her sister (victim) was assaulted by the defendant and she’s hiding inside the room, crying and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man was arrested by police last week for allegedly assaulting his wife, after his 7-year-old daughter called 911 for help and told police that her mother was lying on the bed shaking and crying after her father beat her mother up. Several police officers...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly told his neighbor to shut up before he cuts her with a knife has been told by the court to keep the peace within his village and refrain from making threats towards his neighbor especially to the victim and her family. Daniel Filisi is charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi accused of attempting to assault his brother’s wife while she was holding her 18-month-old son was arrested last week. Fred Taavili Jr made his initial appearance in District Court where Judge Elvis P. Patea granted a motion from the defense attorney...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of giving marijuana to a minor to sell for him in the beginning of this year has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial — and trial is now set for March 2020. Opetaia Asuni appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. Assistant...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. Sapena Anesi, 45, made his initial appearance last week. He is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and two class A...
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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....
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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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