13 Jun 2015

Court adjourns Samoa students rape case

10:39 am on 13 June 2015

A status hearing for the three members of the Don Bosco College from Samoa accused of having sex with a minor in American Samoa will continue to next Thursday because their attorney was not present.

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Vaega Anderson, Falesefulu Susuga and Nomani Tepa are each charged with felony charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse first degree and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.

They are alleged to have had sex with a 15 year-old girl while their group was in the Territory for the American Samoa Flag Day in April.

Assistant Public Defender Joel Shiver told the court Friday morning that Public Defender Douglas Fiaui has been handling the case however he's off island and will not be returning tonight

The three defendants are still in jail on bail of $US100,000 each.

Principal of Don Bosco Father Chris Ford was in court yesterday morning for the hearing, along with an aunt of one of the defendants.