Plea Agreements for Sex Offender & Drug Defendant

A man from Samoa, Muaiga Siatiu, changed his plea to guilty at a hearing in the High Court on Friday

Initially charged with four felony counts of child molestation, sodomy , deviate sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the 24 year old pleaded guilty to sodomy and the other three charges were dismissed.

Siatiu who entered the territory in October of last year, testified before Chief Justice Michael Kruse and Judges Muasau Tofili and Faamausili Pomele that in December of last year, he touched the private parts of a 5 year old girl.

The court accepted the plea agreement and set sentencing for the defendant on August 4,

Siatiu faces a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and or a fine of $5,000 of both for sodomy.,

A man facing drug charges will be sentenced August 4 for possession of methamphetamine.

Wayne Gasolo admitted Friday in High Court that on September 17, of last year he was caught with a glass pipe with a trimmed straw that had meth inside.

Chief Justice Michel Kruse,who heard the plea with judges Faamausili Pomele and Muasau Tofili said this was a clear violation of the territory’s drug laws,

Gasolo’s plea deal was accepted by the court.

The 24 year old defendant faces up to 5 yaers imprisonment or a $5,000 fine or both when he returns to court August 4 for sentencing.

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