Former Vice Principal freed on sex charges

The former Vice Principal of Faleata College, Tanuvasa Michael Gray, has had five sex-related charges against him withdrawn and dismissed. 

Tanuvasa was suspended from his position in 2018 in relation to allegations of sexual connection with a male student in 2016 and 2017.

But after more than two years of waiting for his trial, the prosecution filed a motion to withdraw the charges against Tanuvasa. 

Chief Justice, His Honour Satiu Simativa Perese on Monday granted the motion by prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Fuifui Ioane to withdraw the charges. 

The five charges of indecent assault and sexual connection against the former Vice Principal were dismissed. 

Tanuvasa had pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2018. 

He was represented by lawyer Alex Su’a. 

Since the charges surfaced against the former Vice Principal, he was placed on suspension and was unable to have his contract renewed. 

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