Teacher, Vice Principal charged over student sex crimes

A teacher and the Vice-Principal of St Paul VI College in Leulumoega have been charged by the police in relation to a sex case involving a year 12 female student. 

Paulo Ieremia, the teacher, has been charged with rape while the Vice Principal, Petelo Samaila, is facing a charge of indecent assault. 

“Paulo and Petelo will both appear in court on 11 August, 2020; they are remanded out on bail and are ordered to sign in at the police station,” said the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration Assistant Chief Executive Officer Ve'atauia Fa'atasi Puleiata. 

At the school, the Principal Paulo Aiono confirmed the Vice-Principal and teacher had both been suspended from the school. 

He declined to comment and referred the matter to the Head of the School who was not at his office. 

“We can’t comment, but one thing for certain, the school will not tolerate such criminal activity and especially when a student is involved. The matter is now with the Police,” he said. 

He also confirmed there was an ifoga (traditional apology) conducted to the victim’s family. 

The Samoa Observer visited the victim’s family but no one was at home. 

A school official who is not allowed to talk to the media told the Samoa Observer, the alleged incident occurred when the teacher and students held a study group. 

It’s alleged that after studies concluded, the teacher and the victim went to an abandoned house and had sex. The Vice-Principal is alleged to have then showed up and continued to assault the student by touching her chest. 



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