20 Feb 2020

Samoa pastor jailed for sexually assaulting 16-year-old

8:43 am on 20 February 2020
Tugia Tuliau, 51.

Tugia Tuliau, 51, at a court appearance in November 2019. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

A former Samoa Methodist church minister has been jailed for four years and 10 months for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Togia Tuliau pleaded guilty last year to eight charges of sexual connection and one charge of indecent assault.

The victim, a member of Tuliau's church, was abused by him several times last year while she was staying at the pastor's house.

The presiding judge, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa, said Tuliau neglected his duty of care to her and abused his respected position as a church pastor.