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Kumamoto: Taxi driver accused of molesting university student

KUMAMOTO (TR) – Kumamoto Prefectural Police have arrested a male taxi driver over the alleged molestation of a female university student who was a passenger, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 7).

In the early morning of a day in September, Junichi Matsushita, 61, allegedly fondled the lower body of the girl, 18, while his cab was stopped at a signal in Kita Ward.

Matsushita, who has been accused of indecent assault, denies the allegations. “There is no question that I touched one part of her lower body, but I just gave a massage,” the suspect was quoted by police.

Prior to the incident, the suspect told the girl, “If you get tired, I’ll give you a massage.” Afterward, the girl remembered his name and provided it to police.