No bail for fugitive arrested for rape of child

Tone Pulou
Tone Pulou

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the rape of a 13 year-old girl in American Samoa is being held without bail until he can be extradited.

Tone Pulou was in Circuit Court Friday morning for an extradition hearing to determine his return to American Samoa to face face charges of rape, first-degree sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Circuit Judge Steven Alm said the state of Hawaii has until Nov. 3 to return Pulou to American Samoa to face the charges.

Pulou was arrested Wednesday evening at a McDonalds in Honolulu.

According to court papers, Pulou an elementary school teacher in American Samoa allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old female student that resulted in the student's pregnancy. The sexual relationship continued from September 2009 through February 2010.

The FBI says Pulou travelled to Australia after fleeing American Samoa in August 2010. He arrived on Oahu from Australia on Friday,September 30 and was staying with friends in Waianae.

The FBI says the Attorney General of American Samoa has indicated that they will extradite Pulou back to American Samoa to face the charges.

In a brief interview from jail, Pulou told The Associated Press that the relationship was consensual and that he wants to go home to face the charges.

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