30 Jul 2008

Church minister in Samoa charged with attempted rape and indecent assault

1:45 pm on 30 July 2008

Police in Samoa have laid attempted rape and indecent assault charges against a 61 year old church minister.

The man is being held in police custody while investigations continue.

Police say the alleged offences occurred last last week in a village near Apia.

The victim is a young girl from the village where the minister had been working for many years.

Police say he will appear in court next week.

Meanwhile the minister and his family have been banished from the village by its council.