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SEX ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of disturbing the public peace in Taputimu last week is scheduled to appear in Court tomorrow for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last week that there is a possibility additional charges will be filed against the defendant on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Leone was taken into custody last week for the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl. Nomineta Solomona, a.k.a Neta made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 44-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 16-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 man who unlawfully entered a house at night and attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl last year was sentenced to 28 months in prison, as a condition of his 7-year probation sentence. Ioapo Alema, 33, was initially charged with burglary in the second-degree and sexual...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government is going forward with their case against Faavae Solomona even without what could have been one of their strongest pieces of evidence, the results of a DNA test. Investigators recently discovered that the sample for the DNA test that was sent over to the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Samoa convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl was ordered by the court to immediately depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his 7-year-probation, after serving a period of detention of 28 months....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Talatonu Lafoga was originally charged with first degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, second degree burglary — all class C...
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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. Michael Manuele, who told the court that he came to the territory to work as a carpenter, was initially charged with one count each of...
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Apia, SAMOA — A father in Samoa has been jailed for 25 years for the rape and indecent assault of his 14-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old was convicted on charges of rape, incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection. The police said the defendant's other daughter reported the attack...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man, 42, convicted of sexually abusing a girl, 15, has been ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months at the TCF as a condition of his 5-year probation. Lafaele Ulugia Jr has been in custody since his arrest early last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond. He...

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