Police on Monday arrested three firemen over the alleged rape of a woman in an apartment in Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture. The suspects, Ryusuke Kawamura, 30, Minoru Katakura, 30, and Yoshihiro Yokoyama, 27, are reported be coworkers from the same fire station. They have been charged with raping the woman, in her 20s, also from Yamagata, in Katakura's apartment between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Aug 6, police said.
According to police, two of the three men have denied the charges, claiming that sex was consensual and that no force was used. Police said the victim was acquainted with Katakura who, claiming he had something to discuss, requested that she meet him at his apartment.
She reported the attack on Aug 11 to Yamagata police.© News reports