29 Aug 2011

Senior American Samoa police officer convicted of assault

10:56 am on 29 August 2011

In American Samoa, a jury at the High Court has convicted a senior police officer of assault, property damage, and public peace disturbance.

Lieutenant Ray Noa was on trial for the assault of 24 year-old Arthur Blake in front of a tavern in October of last year.

The jury did not find Noa guilty of first-degree assault, which is what he initially faced, but they did convict him of the lesser-included offense of second-degree assault, which is also a felony.

The property damage second degree and public disturbance charges are misdemeanors.

Noa is now awaiting sentencing in September.

He faces up to five years in jail, and a 5,000 US fine.