Osaka prefectural police have arrested a 21-year-old man for filing a false complaint against a man he set up to grope a woman on a subway train in May. The woman, who was the suspect’s accomplice, has also been arrested.
Police said Yuma Ikuta, a part-time worker and resident of Honmachi, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, has denied the charge.
According to police reports, Ikuta conspired with a 26-year-old woman, who is also a part-time worker and resident of Osaka’s Naniwa Ward, to intentionally get a man to grope her, and then hand him over to the police with the objective of collecting money in an out-of-court settlement.
As part of the plan, the woman posted, “I want to be groped on a train,” on an internet forum. A 50-year-old man living in Kyoto replied, and the suspects texted the man, who agreed to be on the train at a specified time with a description of the “target” woman.
Subsequently, the groping incident occurred on the evening of May 22 in a subway car on the Sakaisuji Line in Osaka. When the man and the woman got off the train at Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station, Ikuta confronted the 50-year-old man and accused him of groping a woman, saying he had witnessed the incident and filmed it with his smartphone.
The groper was handed over to police. But after he told the police about the internet post, investigators questioned the woman further and the plot was revealed.© Japan Today