A police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating anti-molestation laws after he allegedly groped a woman on a train in Anagawa, Chiba Prefecture. The suspect, who has been identified as Kengo Ikeda, 31, has denied the charge, prefectural police said.
According to police, Ikeda boarded a train on the Tobu Noda Line and from around 7:20 a.m., groped the leg of a 24-year-old woman sitting beside him for around 25 minutes. Upon the train's arrival at Kashiwa station, the woman asked a station employee to detain Ikeda and contact the police.
In a statement, Kashiwa Chief of Police Hisao Kase said, "It is truly regrettable that a police officer should commit an act like this. I would like to apologize to the victim."© Compiled from news reports