23 Sep 2002

American Samoan senate rejects longer mandatory sentences for child molestation

10:42 am on 23 September 2002

The Senate in American Samoa has rejected a measure that would have increased the mandatory jail term for convicted child molestors from ten years to 30.

The Bill had already moved through the House of Representatives and had been introduced as part of an effort to curb the increasing number of cases involving child abuse in the territory.

The Acting Public Defender had told the Senate that American Samoa already had one of the toughest child molestation statutes on its books.