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Former high school baseball coach re-arrested over sexual assault of male team member

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Osaka Prefectural Police have re-arrested a former private high school teacher who was also the school’s baseball coach, for allegedly sexually assaulting a team member.

Police said Yuki Mizuochi, 31, who was was first arrested in August on suspicion of sexually molesting another student, was re-arrested on Monday, Sankei Shimbun reported. According to police, the latest charge is over an incident that occurred last November. Mizuochi summoned a male student to the school’s dormitory and offered to give him “a massage.” The baseball player was then sexually assaulted and has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the incident, his parents said.

Police said Mizuochi has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “It’s how I get sexual gratification. I thought the incident wouldn’t come to light if I did it to one of my students.”

Mizuochi joined the school as physical education instructor and baseball coach in April 2020. Prior to that, he taught at several several high schools and has admitted to sexually molesting at least 50 baseball club members over the past 10 years, police said. He was fired by his latest school in March.

Since Mizuochi's arrest, police have revealed that 14 baseball team members have come forward and said they were sexually molested by Mizuochi. They have said that Mizuochi threatened them that they may be suspended from playing in matches if they got on his bad side.

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Foul.

Does Japan conduct background checks on teachers?

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Agreed. - It’s ABSOLUTELY “Foul.” @5:12pm - And the answer to your questions is, apparently, a deafening “No! Japan does NOT do background checks on teachers and coaching staff.

Or, even worse than gross negligence, is covering up for known pedophiles!

“Mizuochi joined the school as PE instructor and baseball coach in Apr ‘20. Prior to that, he taught at sev’l high schools and…

has admitted to sexually molesting at least 50 baseball club members over the past 10 years, police said. 

“He was fired by his latest school in March. Since Mizuochi's arrest,…

 police have revealed that 14 baseball team members have come forward and said they were sexually molested by Mizuochi

They have said that Mizuochi threatened them that they may be suspended from playing in matches if they got on his bad side.

FIRE! those school board[s] staff responsible, their HR AND the individual principals of ALL schools having ANY knowledge of this SEXUAL PREDATOR but failing to divulge what was in the best interest of children.

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I'm surprised he didn't say that he can't "remember anything"

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Absolutely disgusting, sick pervert. Lock this serial child molester scum up forever.

I hope the poor victims will someday recover mentally. Their parents should sue the school for their disgraceful negligence.

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Not surprising at all.

Japan never reprimands sexual offenders and very rarely fires teachers.

I’m sure it’ll just be a matter of time before this criminal is teaching at another school again.

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The science of thinking is in the caveman days. We have come so far in sciences but mental health might be our final frontier.

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This isn’t a ‘mental health’ issue! - Referring to such a lame ‘excuse’ gives the perp ‘a way out’ of atonement and punishment for his crimes.

This was a series of cold, calculated, predatory and manipulative behavior that cannot be redeemed, nor the perpetrator reformed. - One ‘life’ sentence of imprisonment for EACH of the 50+[?] lives he has ruined would be the only adequate justice for this monster.

- “The baseball player was sexually assaulted and has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the incident” - Since Mizuochi's arrest, 14 baseball team members have come forward, sexually molested by Mizuochi.

They have said Mizuochi threatened them… if they got on his bad side. - “It’s how I get sexual gratification.

“I thought the incident wouldn’t come to light if I did it to one of my students.”

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Come on people. Who really cares what you call this.

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He sounds so blasé, horrible man

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Sick guy. But how stupid do you have to be to accept a massage from your coach? Thats just is a red flag right there.

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This guy needs to be put away for a nice, long time.

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 Mizuochi has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “It’s how I get sexual gratification.

well I'm sure that some of your prison inmates will use that as an excuse

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Bloody disgusting trust faith and leadership are the qualities of his position he abused his power and position on innocent children who will suffer for a long time put him in jail for the rest of his life.

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The term ‘re-arrested’ is what got me. Before even reading this article I knew that it wasn’t going to be good on the behalf of this former high school baseball coach. The sad thing about this case is this is actually a common thing that often goes unnoticed by the media or public in general. Especially with men on men sexual assaults, it’s almost like a taboo thing to even bring up. Men can be sexual assault victims too and I think that society in general masks that idea and pushes the idea away which makes it harder for men going through something similar in this case. This former baseball coach, Yuki Mizuochi has more than likely been a sexual assault victim himself probably at a young age. Not giving an excuse, but maybe an understanding of why he does this. This is also just an assumption that is based off of similar case studies and perpetrators in the past. Hopefully the school offers some type of counseling or program that the young boys can be put through to be able to heal and move forward from their PTSD throughout this dramatic experience, and at such a vulnerable age too. So sad.

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The term ‘re-arrested’ is what got me.

Yeah, the foreigners on this site often get hung up on this term, as it has a different implication in Japan than in many Western nations. In Western nations, being re-arrested gives the implication that you were let out after your first arrest. In Japan law, the perpetrator is usually still locked up when they issue a re-arrest. It much Western media, it would be reported as having additional charges added.

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