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Male babysitter arrested for molesting 5-year-old girl

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A 30-year-old male babysitter has been arrested on suspicion of committing obscene acts on a 5-year-old girl, police said.

The suspect, Ken Arai, was hired as a babysitter in April, Fuji TV reported. He is accused of committing sexually lewd acts against the girl while babysitting her at her family’s apartment in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward and also at a public toilet in a park where he took her for a walk.

Police said the girl’s mother hired him on eight occasions in April and May because she had to work and the daycare center she used wasn’t open due to the coronavirus.

Police said Arai, who was arrested on June 12, has a nursery school and kindergarten teacher certification and registered his services on a babysitting app in July 2018. He had since received work on multiple occasions to take care of children. Police said Arai has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he couldn’t control his feelings.

Another male babysitter, Akinori Hashimoto, 28, who was registered on the same smartphone app, was arrested for sexually assaulting at least three young boys.

Police said the app was discontinued on June 4.

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Castrate him.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Castrate them! and investigate everyone who used the app.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

Chemical castration, then 40 years in prison.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Is it any wonder these babysitting services are not so popular in Japan? Sadly, I fear his punishment will not match the massive breach of trust he has perpetrated. I also have no doubt this is not the first time he has carried out lewd acts with young children. Men like this are the lowest scum of the Earth! A public flogging would be too good for him.

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Police said the app was discontinued on June 4.

thank goodness for that. they're making child predators' jobs too easy. The only solution I see for daycare needs at a time like this is to call for nearby and hopefully willing to help relatives.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Chemical castration put him on a database you know like the ones first World Countries have...

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Sick peopke doing this stuff terrible

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I've always pushed for more babysitting in Japan. There is far too much burden placed on families to send kids to overpriced and under qualified daycare services, or with grandparents, or the CONSTANT stories about moms and/or dads going out to the store and leaving kids in cars or at home to find them dead, etc. Babysitting is a cheaper alternative, gives parents time off and/or to do what they need to do, and might even give the neighborhood teen or young adult some responsibility and spending money.

But then you read about this... Obviously castration and certainly the death penalty are ridiculous penalties and should not be espoused at all, but certainly chemical castration while incarcerated and on probably after, and that incarceration should be long, long, long. And after that, the people need to be put on databases and tracked at all times.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

We used Kids Line many times, useful and easy to use, but quite pricey and they have been very busy in recent years. We chose carefully the babysitters though. They are out of business now, and many families are desperate to balance work and children

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I recommend you use a female babysitter and have a camera in your home or the babysitter area if possible.

This guy obviously cannot use his pork and beans responsibly and they should be removed.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Well, guess these two bozos set babysitting back another 30 years here.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Our children are our most priceless possession. It's our policy to never leave them with anyone we don't personally know and could trust them with their life.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

While not all men are sick perverts, stories like these are why we find it so strange to employ a male babysitter.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Children are our treasure but never our “possession” that is for things not kids. Children are too frequently abused by members of their own family.

Use webcams to keep an eye on what is happening.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Absolutely disgusting.

Im hoping Japan has something similar to Australia where you need to have a Police clearance to work with children, I’d assume he would being a teacher but still..

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

AustPaul

I hear in Aus, males are not allowed to teach young kindergarten and other children because of “sex abuse”

I think a law like that is also harmful, and sets a bad precedent.

That being said, this guy really should never been allowed near children again!

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@oldman

you must really be a very old man with this kind of archaic mentally that women who are not home with their kids are lazy. Welcome to the 21st century, where women do work

@concerned citizen

Most sexual abuse against minors is committed by someone they know.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Why the down vote? I only said I hope they have a vetting system up there as they do here to hopefully prevent this type of thing..

@theperson

I am not aware of that, there is no rule or law stating male teachers can’t teach kindy or young kids, although most teachers of younger kids are female.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

that person - it's common knowledge that hiring a babysitter is risky. If you feel comfortable leaving your children with a stranger, by all means go ahead. It is mother neglect of her children, who cares about her job.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

People again don't want to address one of the main roots for this type of sickness- obscene images of sexual acts performed on minors, in other words pornography. Goes without saying porn is also deeply related to the chikan culture, as well as rapes.

The popularity of porn normalizes fetishization, and from there not only the crimes, but a reluctance to mete out tougher sentences.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

This is really sad to hear about....child abuse just seems to be more prevalent in Japan than where I am from.... As a teen I used to make a few $$ babysitting neighbours kids, was usually a pretty good gig, was all done pretty much on the street where I lived & if things every got out of hand the idea was baby sitters could simply ring their homes & call mom\dad if anything happened. Where I grew up pretty much everyone hired local teens to do this. Pet sitting also common or you would have house keys, go over twice a day to feed pets & clean any messes, walk dogs etc.

Seems Japan cant do any of this for the most part.....

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Seems Japan cant do any of this for the most part.....

Hard to do when the male population is conditioned from a young age to view young girls in a sexual context.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

@that person

Most sexual abuse against minors is committed by someone they know.

Thanks for pointing this out. I do understand that, which I why I added 'and could trust them with their life'.

We know multitudes of people, but would entrust our kid's only to a few who we can trust 100%.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

castration - Game of Thrones style

There's also Spartacus: Blood and Sand style (Segovax's castration and crucification)

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I would never hire a male babysitter. Why would a man want to be a baby sitter?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

RecklessJune 16  07:01 pm JST

I recommend you use a female babysitter and have a camera in your home or the babysitter area if possible.

This guy obviously cannot use his pork and beans responsibly and they should be removed.

Gender doesn't matter. In my hometown a female babysitter orally raped a baby girl and sent footage of it in an email to her boyfriend. She's now serving a 17 year sentence.

Raw BeerJune 16  11:16 pm JST

I would never hire a male babysitter. Why would a man want to be a baby sitter?

You sort of answered your own question. And for the jive 'couldn't control his feelings', that's a sick lame excuse. Either way, people who do such disgusting acts are total scum - whether the pedo is male or female. There are no boundaries. And there are no excuses either.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

If he was qualified, you can't blame the parents for hiring him. There's a fair chance the company who hired him were not at fault either.

The main thing is that the same guy is prevented from working with children again. No different authorities with different records, no changing his name, no nothing. What's done is done, but the ball is now in the authorities' court to ensure that never happens again at the hands of this man.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

“30 year old male babysitter” says a lot right there.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

@Vanillasludge

Best baby sitter is the one neighbour young girl (starting 16) you' ve known for years and guess with common sense that she can manage babies/children well enough.

Needing a degree shows how out society has become. Same if you don't know your neighbours enough.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Police said the app was discontinued on June 4.

Discontinuing the app doesn't really help this situation. How about a systematically detailed background check of each applicant before being registered as a babysitter? Just throwing out ideas!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

the best “babysitter” we can possibly find is the kid,s grandma or grandpa, our moms and dads. excuse me but when we,re parents, we cannot blink... since day one, 24/7 !

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I use to babysit when I was younger. I also work at 5 kindergartens. I'm also 40 years old. The children at my kindergarten trust me to the point where a girl who didn't like going to men, actually came to me and stuck to me. The teachers were so surprised. The teachers trust me, too. How anyone could do this is beyond me I love children so much, that even thinking of anyone who did stuff like this to children makes me sick. Children are so innocent and trusting it's hard to believe that anyone would do this.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Oh and one more thing I forgot. When I'm at my kindergartens, and if some stranger tries to hurt the children there, I will be one of the first people to defend that child with my life. I watch them like a hawk when I can and that will never change.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

moonbloom

People again don't want to address one of the main roots for this type of sickness- obscene images of sexual acts performed on minors, in other words pornography. 

I have no sympathy for porn, but perversion and sex crimes existed before that became widely available. Chicken or egg?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

RecklessJune 16 07:01 pm JST

I recommend you use a female babysitter and have a camera in your home or the babysitter area if possible.

This guy obviously cannot use his pork and beans responsibly and they should be removed.

Agreed on the camera. Don't forget, women can be child molesters too.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

sigh.............where is the mandatory sexual predator list? Where is the putting these people on blast all over social media so people know who they are? Come on now.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Raw BeerJune 16  11:16 pm JST

I would never hire a male babysitter. Why would a man want to be a baby sitter?

Because maybe just maybe there are men who love working with children. Maybe there are men who have more parental instincts that some females. Maybe there are females who hate children. Like I said I work in 1 JHS and 5 kindergartens. While I do love my JHS, my most memorable times are when I'm at my kindergartens helping the children, playing with the children, and teaching the children. And you want to know what makes it all worth it....I'll give you a hint it's not the money. It's the smiles on the children's faces when they see you. Its the hugs that you get throughout the day, it's the children wanting you to see everything they have done, it's the drawings and the little presents they give you. And maybe, just maybe it's that one student who doesn't open up to others, but for whatever reason opens up to you and you have no idea why. That's why I would be a babysitter, and that's why I love my kindergartens.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Sorry about my previous post first time I've tried to post a quote.

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