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39-year-old man arrested for luring 13-year-old girl on social media to watch movie with him

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Police in Nishio, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of luring a 13-year-old junior high school girl whom he met on a social networking site to a lodging facility.

Police said the suspect is accused of abducting a minor with the intent to sexually molest her, local media reported.

According to the warrant, the man allegedly invited the girl to come and watch a movie with him at a lodging facility in Nagoya City’s Midori Ward.

The two were inside the room from around 9:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Sunday. The girl’s family filed a missing persons report, prompting police to launch an investigation into her whereabouts. Police located her at the lodging facility, and detained the suspect at the scene.

Police said the man has admitted to the allegation and are investigating whether he has committed similar offenses against minors in the past.

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What were they doing for 14 hours in a hotel room?

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What were they doing for 14 hours in a hotel room?

12:25 p.m. is 25 minutes after noon. So they were in the room for about 2 1/2 hours.

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Asiaman7Today  04:52 pm JST

What were they doing for 14 hours in a hotel room?

12:25 p.m. is 25 minutes after noon. So they were in the room for about 2 1/2 hours.

Thanks. I always mix up 12am and 12pm.

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39 year old, with 13 year old, that's 3 times different, to a hotel room without parent supervision?

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ProtestantToday  05:16 pm JST

Perhaps the parents should have a very serious conversation with their young daughter… Perhaps they should have had it some considerable time ago.

I think you are overestimating the ability of some predators to convince children to do what they say and overestimating the ability of a child to ve aware that such people exist and how one can be tricked.

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I somehow think there is something more to the story, on Sunday morning the girls just left house without saying anything? And immediately parents filled a missing person report, and the guy was arrested within 1-2 hours or so.

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The two were inside the room from around 9:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Sunday. 

> I somehow think there is something more to the story, on Sunday morning the girls just left house without saying anything? And immediately parents filled a missing person report, and the guy was arrested within 1-2 hours or so.

I agree. Did Japan Today mix up 12:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.?

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timeonToday  05:20 pm JST

I somehow think there is something more to the story, on Sunday morning the girls just left house without saying anything? And immediately parents filled a missing person report, and the guy was arrested within 1-2 hours or so.

Indeed. News on crime is mostly a guessing game because most of the information reported by the police is either not entirely true, made up or changed in some way or, as in this case, a lot of key information has been withheld.

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@Mark, according to the times mentioned in the story, it was less than 3 hours.

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Did Japan Today mix up 12:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.?

Likely. But Yahoo probably deserves part of the blame for the way it gave the time:

午前9時50分頃から午後0時25分

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/b679f10e0c3aba6308dbf08e28519ab1f4089796

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While the situation looks nefarious, is it technically illegal for an adult to watch a movie with a teenager?

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Nibek32Today  05:53 pm JST

While the situation looks nefarious, is it technically illegal for an adult to watch a movie with a teenager?

It's kidnapping at best since she is a minor so an adult can not be with a child without the knowledge of the guardians.

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Nibek32Today  05:53 pm JST

While the situation looks nefarious, is it technically illegal for an adult to watch a movie with a teenager?

I also have this same question in mind. Is it actually illegal to spend time with a young teenager if you're a middle-aged man. If nothing actually happened, aside from watching a movie, what law did he break?

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I’ve got a couple of questions.

How did the police find the girl and man so fast?

Is a “lodging facility” different from a hotel? Is it a rooming or boarding house?

Does the girl never leave home on a Sunday without telling her parents?

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Well it says he admitted to the charges, so I guess he admitted they had done something more than watching a movie. It does feel like there is more to the story though, that in the span of 3 hours the family would call the cops, and the cops would find and arrest the man. It's not weird for a 13 year old to go out for 3 hours, even weirder for the parents to worry so much that they would call the cops within that time. Even weirder for the cops to track him down and find him within those 3 hours, they would probably still be explaining stuff on the phone at that stage.

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How did the police find the girl and man so fast?

From her mobile phone.

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What the hell is a lodging facility anyway?? Why not say love hotel or isn’t that allowed anymore??.?.?.?.?

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While the situation looks nefarious, is it technically illegal for an adult to watch a movie with a teenager?

What if they only watched TV and played videogames the whole time, and no physical contact was made. Could they still charge him with kidnapping if he asked her to go with him, and she accepted? Other than age what would be the legal grounds? If another teen the girl met offer the same thing, would they also be arrested for kidnapping after the parents called the police? Is this going to be police illegally coercing the suspect into a more serious crime or is he actuall guilty of something nefarious.

I am curious to know.

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What the hell is a lodging facility anyway?? Why not say love hotel or isn’t that allowed anymore??.?.?.?.?

Maybe it is not. Not all temporary lodgings are specifically for the purpose of sex. Maybe it is a camping/vacation area or justa regular hotel.

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it is sickening to the full. This man deserved to be castrated and put inside the jail to let him rot alone

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What if they only watched TV and played videogames the whole time, and no physical contact was made. Could they still charge him with kidnapping if he asked her to go with him, and she accepted?

Yes, kidnapping.

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What if they only watched TV and played videogames the whole time, and no physical contact was made. Could they still charge him with kidnapping if he asked her to go with him, and she accepted?

That’s still legally kidnapping in Japan. Taking a minor without the consent of the parents is legally kidnapping.

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Go to jail, loser clown..

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> JROFeb. 19  06:37 pm JST

Well it says he admitted to the charges, so I guess he admitted they had done something more than watching a movie. It does feel like there is more to the story though, that in the span of 3 hours the family would call the cops, and the cops would find and arrest the man. It's not weird for a 13 year old to go out for 3 hours, even weirder for the parents to worry so much that they would call the cops within that time. Even weirder for the cops to track him down and find him within those 3 hours, they would probably still be explaining stuff on the phone at that stage.

You might want to look up how policing works in Japan. You will rarely get someone denying charges once they have been arrested.

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It’s great that he was caught but what actions have been taken against the social networking site to ensure children shouldn’t be registered.

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What if they only watched TV and played videogames the whole time, and no physical contact was made. Could they still charge him with kidnapping if he asked her to go with him, and she accepted? Other than age what would be the legal grounds? If another teen the girl met offer the same thing, would they also be arrested for kidnapping after the parents called the police? Is this going to be police illegally coercing the suspect into a more serious crime or is he actuall guilty of something nefarious.

I am curious to know.

I beg anyone asking these questions that are weirdly focused on technicalities to please take a step back and realize how creepy it makes you look. The guy is 39 talking to a 13 year old that he should have 0 business with, no amount of hypothetical questions will make that seem like normal behavior.

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It's kidnapping at best since she is a minor so an adult can not be with a child without the knowledge of the guardians.

Can you reference this law you are referencing? I’m looking at the kidnapping penal code in Japan, and your statement is not actually listed as kidnapping.

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You will rarely get someone denying charges once they have been arrested.

On the contrary, it is routinely reported that people claim to have no recollection about doing anything wrong, specially if drunk.

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Disgusting.

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It’s great that he was caught but what actions have been taken against the social networking site to ensure children shouldn’t be registered.

These are the important questions we should be asking.

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Didn't 13 used to be legal in Japan? Oh, the good ol' days before they pruded up like the wank jobs in North America.

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