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Saitama: Land ministry staffer nabbed over illicit filming of school girl

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a staff member of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism over the alleged illicit filming of a high school girl inside a train last week, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Feb. 16).

At around 10:05 p.m. on February 15, Masahiro Sakata, 43, allegedly used his smartphone to take tosatsu, or voyeur, footage of the girl while was seated inside a carriage of the Tobu Isesaki Line.

Sakata, who has been accused of violating a prefectural public nuisance ordinance, admits to the allegations. “I got turned on seeing a woman’s legs with a miniskirt,” the suspect was quoted.

Tobu Isesaki Line
A land ministry staffer allegedly took illicit films of a school girl inside a carriage of the Tobu Isesaki Line on Friday (Twitter)

As the incident unfolded, another male passenger, 40, apprehended Sakata. An inspection of the suspect’s smartphone revealed tosatsu footage, police said.