12 Feb 2011

Convicted sex offender no longer works for American Samoa's Congressman office

11:12 am on 12 February 2011

A convicted sex offender is no longer on the staff of the local office of American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

The man's employment by the office last year had been questioned by the American Samoa Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The former teacher was sentenced to 7 years in jail for sexual assault in 1997.

But his sentence was suspended and he was placed on five years probation

The coalition's executive director Ipu Avegalio Lefiti says she's pleased the Congressman has acted, and thanked people who came forward with information about the case.

"These are the people who knew or are powerfully affiliated with the victims, and we also want to acknowledge and encourage and thank the community for their proactive involvement in stepping forward to report this situation."

Ipu Avegalio Lefiti