A 52-year-old man was arrested for indecent assault early Thursday morning, accused of touching a 19-year-old girl’s breasts and buttocks as she sat on a staircase in Warabi City.
Police said Hiroshi Ashino, a firefighter posted at the Tsukishima branch of Rinko Fire Station in Tokyo, started talking to the unemployed girl from Kawaguchi City at around 4 a.m. as she sat by herself on the stairs on the first floor of a building near JR Warabi station. The girl told police he asked her what she was doing and asked her to go somewhere with him, and then started rubbing her breasts and buttocks.
The girl was able to solicit help from a male passer-by, who held Ashino until police arrived. Ashino admitted to touching the girl and said he had been drinking at a nearby pub. A senior official from Rinko Fire Station said Ashino was not working on Thursday, and was diligent in his work.© News reports