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Osaka cop ‘does not recall’ illicit filming of woman with smartphone

OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 41-year-old police officer for allegedly taking illicit footage of a woman inside a train carriage early Saturday, reports Jiji Press (April 29).

At around midnight, Koichi Taga, a sergeant in the detective division at the Ikuno Police Station, allegedly used a smartphone to take tosatsu, or voyeur, footage of the woman, aged in her 20s, inside a JR Touzai-Gakkentoshi Line train.

“Since I had been drinking since 7:00 p.m. [the day before], I do not recall [the matter],” Taga was quoted by police upon his arrest for violating a prefectural nuisance ordinance.

As the incident unfolded, another male police officer was sitting next to the woman with Taga standing directly in front of her. At one point between Hoshida and Nagao stations, the suspect had his smartphone pointed at the knees of the woman.

When the second officer looked at the smartphone, he noticed that it was in camera mode. After calling to Taga, the second officer arrested him when he exited the train arrived at Nagao Station.

According to police, the smartphone contained a video showing the area around the woman’s feet.

“We will take strict action based on the results of the investigation,” said chief inspector Takashi Atsuta.