25 Sep 2014

American Samoa lawmakers vote for sex predator bill

8:12 pm on 25 September 2014

In American Samoa, both the House and the Senate have unanimously supported a sex offender notification and registration bill.

The administration bill aims to put American Samoa on par with other states and territories with federal requirements for registration of all those convicted of sex offences.

The bill identifies the types of offences for which those who have been convicted would need to register.

The legislation establishes a sex offender registry and website with the Attorney General's Office.

The Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale, says the law is vital to protect the community.

"So that wherever they go, they change, become a teacher somewhere in an elementary school, become a counsellor at a church - we know who they are. The parents of this country know who they are, so that if they are concerned about their kids being next to a sexual predator, they can do something about it. So that is why it is critical that we pass this legislation."

American Samoa's Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale,