11 Dec 2013

Grandfather in American Samoa gets 10 years for abusing granddaughters

10:01 am on 11 December 2013

A 64 year-old grandfather in American Samoa who was charged with molesting his two granddaughters has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

The girls were molested since they were 6 and 9 years old. They are now 15 and 18.

The defendant was originally charged with several crimes, but under a plea agreement, the defendant pled guilty to two counts of child molestation and each count carries a jail term of 10 to 30 years.

During sentencing late last week, prosecutor asked the court to imprison the defendant to the maximum allowable under the law.

Samoa News quotes Chief Justice, Michael Kruse, saying that the offense the defendant is convicted of, is the harshest in the territory, based on laws passed by the Legislature.

He also noted the Court's grave concern is that the crime involves young girls under the age of 12.