Court wants impact report on female filmed in sexual act with boyfriend

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: MONDAY 31 MARCH 2014:  The Court has ordered a “victim impact report” on the young woman featured in a sex video clip secretly recorded by her former boyfriend and later circulated via blue tooth to other peoples mobile phones.

The order was made by District Court Judge Mata Tuatagaloa.

She ordered the prosecution to provide the report when sentencing the 27 year old defendant on the 16 April 2014.

He is charged with video voyeurism.

The report will give the Court some idea on the victims’ situation especially the impact of the incident on her life.

According to the Court reports, the victim and her former boyfriend were engaged in a sexual act at one of the hotels in Apia sometimes in July 2013.

The act however was secretly recorded by the boyfriend on his mobile phones.

He later circulated the video clip to his close friends who then circulated it to anyone on their mailing lists.

Under the amended Crimes Ordinance Act 2013, video voyeurism or taking indecent photos without permission or knowledge of someone for a certain purpose is considered a serious crime.

Acting police Commissioner Fauono Talalelei Tapu said the law will not tolerate such behaviour from those who intend to commit such crimes.

Incidents of video voyeurism are rapidly spreading and a college student was expelled when a self- recorded video of herself in a sexual act was distributed by a friend.

Video recording of young man being physical abused also reached police.

“The police will investigate and prosecute anyone found committing such crimes,” said Fauono.