Kanagawa prefectural police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of violating the child prostitution and pornography law after he allegedly coerced a junior high school boy to send naked pictures of himself and committed obscene acts with the victim with the promise of payment.
According to police, Yoshitaku Maehara, a company employee residing in Ota Ward, Tokyo, said he never paid money to the minor, Sankei Shimbun reported. However, police said the arrest warrant was issued for an incident that occurred last year on April 20 when Maehara received a naked photo of a first-year junior high school boy (then 12) via a messaging app.
The boy, now 13, who lives in Kawasaki City, sent photos of himself fully naked to the suspect. That same day, Maehara is accused of meeting up with the boy inside a commercial building's restroom where he performed indecent acts, between 4:10 and 5 p.m. The suspect allegedly promised to pay cash in exchange for his actions.
Police said a cyber patrol uncovered Maehara’s unlawful acts after he and the boy began contacting each other on the messaging app.
Police have seized Maehara’s smartphone and are looking for evidence for similar crimes in violation of Japan’s anti-prostitution law.© Japan Today