HIROSHIMA (TR) – Hiroshima Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a chief from the Fukuyama District Firefighting Union after he exposed himself to a female college student, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 13).
Officers from the Fukuyama Nishi station took Ko Yoshida, a 55-year-old chief at Nishi Fire Station, into custody on charges of public obscenity for allegedly dropping his pants in front of the college student, 19, as she waited for a train on a bench at JR Matsunaga Station at approximately 5:35 p.m.
The girl subsequently sought assistance from a staff member at the station, who apprehended Yoshida.
At the time of the incident, Yoshida was off-duty and had just been out drinking with an acquaintance. A breathalyzer test revealed his blood-alcohol level to be at 0.08.
The suspect has reportedly denied the charges, telling police he does not remember the incident.
“From now, we will check the facts and deal with this matter very stricly,” said Isayuki Ohata, the head of the Fukuyama District Firefighting Union.