Posted at 03:28 on 14 November, 2012 UTC
American Samoa’s largest church has offered a job to a man jailed for 28 months for rape.
Tone Pulou pleaded guilty this year to raping and impregnating a 13 year-old student more than two years ago.
His defence lawyer has filed a motion with the High Court, seeking work release for the former public elementary school teacher.
Included in the request is a letter from the general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church, stating the Church would like to hire Pulou to work as a custodian.
But deputy attorney general, Mitzie Jessop, argues that Pulou is a convicted rapist, and if he works as a custodian for the church then he will again have access to young girls.
The court has asked that a church representative appear in court to answer some questions and concerns.
Samoa News reports another hearing is set for later this week.
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