Police in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of sexually molesting a 17-year-old high school girl after he groped her while she was riding her bicycle.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:25 a.m. on Sept 24. Police said the unnamed suspect, who is a company employee, was also riding a bicycle, Sankei Shimbun reported. He came up behind the girl and then as he passed her, groped her breast with one hand and then pedaled off.
Police said the suspect has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he couldn’t control his lust for the girl.
Police said there have been around 20 similar cases targeting uniform-clad junior high school and high school students in the vicinity of the suspect’s home since February this year. The incidents occurred in the mornings and late afternoons as the girls were going to and from school.
Street surveillance camera footage revealed that the suspect was riding a distinctive cyclocross bike and police have been on the alert for one in the area. On Monday, at around 7:45 a.m., a police officer noticed a man riding such a bike. When he was questioned, he admitted to the string of groping incidents.© Japan Today