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Tokyo cops nab city councilor for molesting woman on train

Tokuro Suga
Tokuro Suga

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a member of a city council in Kanagawa Prefecture for allegedly molesting a woman inside a train car in Minato Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 9).

At 11:55 p.m. on Monday, Tokuro Suga, a 44-year-old councilor for Chigasaki City, allegedly rubbed the buttocks of the woman, 24, inside a car of the JR Tokaido Main Line that was stopped at Shinagawa Station.

Suga, who has been charged with violating a public nuisance ordinance, denies the charges. “I didn’t do it,” the suspect is quoted.

After the woman noticed Suga’s actions, she grabbed his hand and alerted station personnel.

Suga, a member of New Komeito, is serving his first term as city councilor.

Update: The Tokyo District Court has decided to not prosecute Suga, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 21). There was no reason given for the decision.