Police in Tokyo have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl last month. Police believe the suspect, Hiroshi Kamata, may have been responsible for 20 similar cases over the past few months.
According to police, Kamata approached the girl as she was walking home at around 7 p.m. on June 23, in Katsushika Ward, Sports Nippon reported. He then allegedly forcibly hugged her from behind while he was exposing himself. The girl told police that Kamata also licked her face.
Police said Kamata, who was identified through street surveillance camera footage, has confessed to the charge, as well as to committing at least 20 other similar acts of sexual assault since March near his home. He was quoted as saying that after he picked his target, he would imagine touching her body, and then tail them for about three months before finally making his move.
Police said Kamata rode his bike up behind unsuspecting young girls, and then waited for them to turn down a narrow lane before attacking them.© Japan Today