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Posted at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Former warden arrested in U.S. territory

Associated Press

A former warden of the Tafuna Correctional Facility in American Samoa has been arrested for allegedly beating an inmate, the FBI announced Monday.

Mika Kelemete was transported to Honolulu following his arrest Sunday in the U.S. territory, Special Agent Charles L. Goodwin said.

An investigation found Kelemete had prison officers handcuff an inmate to a tent pole, Goodman said. Kelemete then struck the inmate with a wooden board on the head, neck and upper back, he said.

The unidentified inmate was then placed in a maximum security cell and denied medical attention, Goodman said.

Kelemete was arrested for deprivation of rights under color of law. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

The territorial government was cooperating with federal authorities in the case, Goodman said.