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SEX ABUSE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl, filed in District Court last month, which led to his arrest, has also led to the discovery of drugs in his possession and inside his vehicle. Faamanu Maeli, 42, made his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of raping and sexually abusing his 16-year-old cousin is now in custody after he was arrested last month during a traffic stop. Illegal drugs were discovered in the defendant’s possession during the arrest. According to the government, the alleged sexual...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year old man accused of forcibly entering a Malaeimi home with the intent of making sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl who was in her bedroom sleeping, was sentenced last week to 20 months imprisonment as part of a 5-year probation term. Danny Sefo, who has been...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of sexually abuse of a young victim almost two years ago was released from custody yesterday morning after the High Court decided that the 22 months he served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) while awaiting the outcome of his case is a...
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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. John Malae, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Malae was initially charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 55-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 15-year-old niece was arrested by police last month after the victim’s 12-year-old brother saw the defendant’s alleged action and immediately alerted his mother about what happened. The defendant told investigators that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A case of a bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. It was the victim’s 25-year-old sister who alerted police about the alleged incident and as a result, the suspect was arrested. During the arrest, cops found...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is now in custody after he was arrested last week on the allegation that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. Joseph Leota made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde last week. He is charged with one count of sodomy, a class...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAA SAMOA — A 31-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Filipo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Filipo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Eliapo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Eliapo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...

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