A police officer has been arrested for sexually molesting a 17-year-old girl on a snow-covered mountain road in Otaru, Hokkaido.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 9 a.m. on Jan 10. The Hokkaido Shimbun reported that the suspect, identified as Yudai Takane, a 31-year-old officer from Sapporo, approached the girl as she was walking by herself along a mountain road. He then allegedly pushed her down, lifted up her top and groped her.
Police said nearby street surveillance camera footage showed a man that looks like Takane in the vicinity at the time. Takane was quoted by police as saying he walked by the girl but did not touch her.
According to Sapporo police, Takane was hired in April 2011, and was transferred to the Higashi Ward regional division in January 2012. The crime took place on the morning after he finished night duty, outside of his working hours.© Japan Today