A 24-year-old police officer has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman who was part of a group drinking alcohol with him in Sapporo on Saturday.
According to Hokkaido prefectural police, Toru Shibuya, a sergeant with the Otaru police department, and the 22-year-old woman were not previously acquainted, Kyodo News reported Monday.
Police said Shibuya was drinking with the woman and several acquaintances in Sapporo from around 10 p.m. on Saturday until Sunday morning. He allegedly followed her as she was about to return home between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Chuo Ward on Sunday. He grabbed the hood of her jacket and pushed her against a wall.
The woman, who was not seriously injured, immediately called the police. Police said Shibuya was so intoxicated when taken into custody that they were not even able to question him on Sunday.
Koji Kasai, Hokkaido Prefectural Police’s Director of the Inspector General’s Office, said in a statement: “This is inexcusable, and we deeply apologize to the victim and those involved.”© Japan Today