A fire department deputy chief was arrested Sunday for allegedly molesting a female passenger who was sleeping in the seat beside him during an overnight bus trip from Morioka to Tokyo.
According to police, Takashi Matsuo, 24, who is stationed at the Senju fire department in Tokyo, fondled the 26-year-old woman early Sunday morning. He is accused of pulling down the sleeping woman's stockings and touching her legs. The woman woke up and complained to the driver.
When the bus stopped at a rest area near Utsunomiya, the driver contacted police who arrested Matsuo at the scene.
On Monday, the Tokyo Fire Department issued the following statement: "We do not condone this type of activity. If this incident in fact did take place, we will take appropriate measures to punish Mr Matsuo."© News reports