8 Oct 2011

Extradition hearing to be held in Honolulu for American Samoa rape-accused

9:23 am on 8 October 2011

The Attorney General's Office in American Samoa is moving to extradite a teacher charged with the rape of a 13 year old student.

Tone Pulou was arrested in Honolulu on Wednesday.

The American Samoa assistant attorney general Mitzie Jessop Folau says her office was informed by the FBI after Pulou's arrest in Honolulu and the office is moving to extradite Pulou to American Samoa to face the charges.

She says she is not clear as to when the defendant will be returned to the territory.

Pulou is scheduled to appear today in the Honolulu Circuit Court for a hearing on his case and authorities say the court is not expected to release the defendant from custody.

The American Samoa arrest warrant for Pulou was issued in August 2010 and bail was set at the time at US$50,000 but he fled the territory for Australia.

Pulou is charged with statutory rape, because the victim is under 16-years old, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one count of endangering of a child.