Am. Samoa Ferry Crewman Detained Over Alleged Rape

admin's picture

Accused of raping minor passenger on MV Lady Naomi

By Joyetter Luamanu

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 30, 2012) – A crewmember of the MV Lady Naomi has been detained in American Samoa following allegations of a sexually related crime.

The name of the crewmember is being withheld.

But the man was arrested by Detectives of American Samoa’s Criminal Investigation Division when the Lady Naomi arrived in American Samoa from Apia yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Leiseau Laumoli, said the alleged "rape" incident was reported to the American Samoa authorities yesterday morning.

He said the investigation is continuing and was not at liberty to divulge the details.

CID Commander, Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele is leading the investigation.

Asked for a comment, Commander Sagapolutele declined.

Sources, however, told the Samoa News that when Detectives arrived at the Pago Pago wharf, no one was allowed to enter or exit the gate.

The checking of packages and pallets from Samoa was also delayed for about an hour.

Samoa News understands that the crewmember is alleged to have raped a 15-year-old passenger during the voyage to American Samoa on Thursday night.

It’s unclear as to whether the American Samoa Government has jurisdiction over this matter, given that the incident occurred when the MV Lady Naomi was on the water.

Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop said they are looking into the matter.

Meanwhile, the crewmember -who is in his 30s - is being held at the Tafuna Correctional Facility.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment