25 Mar 2011

First American Samoa stalking case goes to court

1:43 pm on 25 March 2011

The first person charged under American Samoa's new stalking law will appear again in the District Court later this week.

Tasesa Kuresa is charged with stalking, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for six months, a 500 US dollar fine or both, as well as attempted felonious restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, public peace disturbance and assault in the third degree.

The 14 year old victim told police that she was first approached by Tasesa Kuresa at a bus stop.

He remains in custody unable to post a 10,000 US dollar bail.