14 Apr 2017

Sex charges against American Samoa detention officer dropped

2:57 pm on 14 April 2017

A judge in American Samoa has dismissed 12 sex related charges against a public safety officer assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center.

High Court in Fagatogo, American Samoa

High Court in Fagatogo, American Samoa. Photo: noaa

Okesene Alo initially faced 35 counts including 28 felonies and his bail was set at$US200,000.

The felony charges included 10 counts of rape involving a minor 16 years or younger, and two other felony sex related charges.

But after a preliminary examination, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia dismissed 14 felony counts.

The judge said the court was not satisfied with the evidence presented by the government for probable cause that a crime was committed.

Mr Alo's case is to go to the High Court for his arraignment on Wednesday when he is expected to enter a not guilty plea.

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