Hyogo cops: Sergeant molests teen girl on train

A 17-year-old girl existed a train at Banshu-Ako Station (above) and reported to police that she had been molested by a sergeant inside a carriage
A 17-year-old girl existed a JR West train at Banshu-Ako Station (above) and reported to police that she had been molested by a sergeant inside a carriage (mino-tokai.cocolog-nifty.com)

HYOGO (TR) – Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a sergeant stationed in Himeji City for allegedly molesting a teenage girl inside a JR West train, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 28).

Between 8:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. on Monday, Yoshitaka Inoue, a 36-year-old detective at the Shikama Police Station, allegedly kissed the girl, 17, and touched her back and chest inside the train as it traveled between Himeji and Banshu-Ako stations.

Prior to the incident, Inoue had been drinking for a two-hour period at an izakaya restaurant with a colleague in Himeji. The suspect, who has been accused of indecent assault, admit to the allegations.

In committing the alleged crime, the suspect sat down next to the girl, a second-year high school student, after the boarding the train and said, “You are so cute. I am a police officer.” He then passed the girl his mobile phone number. After exiting the train at Banshu-Ako Station, the girl reported the incident to a police station.

Yoshiro Kurano, a supervisor with the Hyogo Prefectural Police, described the incident as “truly regrettable,” according to NHK (Mar. 28).

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