Convicted sex offender accused of assaulting a minor while on probation

Published On: Jul 20 2013 12:28:54 AM HST

Liv Samuelu found himself in a familiar position in front of a judge facing sexual assault charges. Last year he was convicted on eight counts of sexual assault. Now he's accused of having sex, repeatedly, with a 13-year-old girl while out on probation. He apparently had access to a Facebook account because investigators say that's where he met the teenager.

"As young people what they see online a lot of times what they see they believe in their mind because of lack of experience. What they see, they think is true and unfortunately there are people out there that prey on these young people and take advantage of them because of their lack of life experience and immaturity," said Chris Duque, cyber safety expert.

Court documents show the mother of the 13-year-old girl said her daughter was acting strange, which caused her to look into her text messages and Facebook account. That's when she found explicit communication between her daughter and Samuelu. Cyber experts say parents should be Facebook friends with their children to monitor what they are up to on social media sites.

"If the parent has a Facebook account it's easier to use Facebook to do some searches and background checks and so forth rather than if he or she doesn't have a Facebook account. It would be harder to maneuver through Web services of Facebook," said Duque.

Court documents say the Facebook friendship was only the start. The child invited Samuelu to her home in March. Court documents show he went over, and that day, she lost her virginity to him and performed other sex acts. The acts happened for at least another month through April. The daughter told her mother she had sex with Samuelu on four separate occasions. Samuelu is being charged with seven counts of sexual assault. His bail is set at $250,000.


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