Man sent to jail for 28 months for drugs & sexual assault

A man who plead guilty to sexually assaulting two 14 year-old girls in October of last ear has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

The Samoa News quotes Associate Justice Fiti Sunia saying the crime committed by Loma Iosia was a despicable one which one hears, watches and reads about from other places around the world.

“But now some people have decided to bring these new things into American Samoa.  So now not only do they bring into our land, ice, but also the type of behavior that follows meth,”

Iosia and two other friends, had picked up the two 14 year-old girls who were walking on the road in Taputimu, took them to a house, gave them crystal methamphetamine and engaged in sexual activity with them.

Associate Justice Sunia, joined by  Chief Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr, and Associate Judge Tunupopo Faleafaga Tunpopo, sentenced Iosia to 7 years detention for sexual assault. Execution of the sentence is suspended and he is placed on probation for 5 years subject to several conditions.

He is to serve 28 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), with credit for  the 10 1/2 months he has already served in pretrial confinement. He is also fined $1,000.  Iosia must register as a sex offender and be subject to HIV testing.

For unlawful possession of meth, Iosia was sentenced to 5 years in jail but the sentence is suspended and he is placed on probation for five year

He is to serve 20 months at the TCF, with credit for the 10 1/2 months and pay a fine of $1,000.

The jail sentence and fines will run concurrently so Iosia need only serve 28 months in jail and pay a fine of $1,000.