crime

Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 11-year-old girl in park toilet

28 Comments

Police in Tokyo said Wednesday they have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old girl in a park toilet last month.

Police said the suspect, Kazuto Kondo, who teaches at a private school in Katsushika Ward, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he did it to relieve his stress.

According to police, Kondo approached the girl who was with a friend in the park at around 5 p.m. on May 12. He said he did not know the two girls and asked them if they’d like to play hide-and-seek with him.

During the game, Kondo hid in the women’s toilet and called out to the girl to find him. When the girl came into the toilet, he took her into a cubicle and fondled her breasts and lower body.

The girl ran away and went to her friend’s home. Her friend’s parent called police.

Police said Kondo was identified through surveillance camera footage in the park.

© Japan Today

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

28 Comments
Login to comment

What scum and he's a teacher!!! When will japan catch up and make a sex offenders register? He should never be allowed to work with kids again, lock him up!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Quick note to all 11 year old girls (and others) If a 30 year old man wants to play hide and seek with you alarm bells should be ringing in your head. If they are not. Society has let you down by not giving you an ounce of common sense!

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Quick note to all 11 year old girls

Yeah, because 11 year old girls are reading the comments on news articles.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Police said the suspect, Kazuto Kondo, who teaches at a private school in Katsushika Ward, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he did it to relieve his stress,

So, he's a school teacher who molests little girls to relieve stress. How wonderful! I know that where I come from he'd be looking at 5-7 years in the pen, be placed on a child sex offenders' list and be barred from ever entering a classroom again. Somehow, I don't think his punishment in Japan will be anywhere near as severe or severe enough for such a horrid crime against a child.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Our 11 year old son has complained that there is an old man that bothers him and his friends at the park they play at. They have spoken to the Police and their teachers at school about it, but it sounds like there isn't much they can or will do until something happens. SMH. We have asked our son to play at another park, but it sounds like they are staying put and being vigilant. Next time my son goes to this park, I'm going there and looking on from a distance to see for myself. It could just be innocent, but there are other parks in the area that old men usually hang out at and do old man stuff, like the fishing ponds and gate ball(croquet) parks. This park is for the kids IMO.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

This is atrocious. To relieve his stress? Does he not understand the mental impact he could possibly have on that 11 year old girl? Someone like this should have never been a teacher.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Our granddaughter who lives with us is 11, and one of her favorite things to do after school is go to the park with her friend. I'd like to think she's not dumb enough to fall for something like this but I will have a word with her.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Police said the suspect, Kazuto Kondo, who teaches at a private school in Katsushika Ward, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he did it to relieve his stress,

Seems the go to excuse for sexual deviants and paedos in Japan. Try this instead: I did it b/c I'm a pedophile and I get off on molesting/sexually assaulting defenseless schoolgirls. You know, the truth. I need significant treatment, many years in a cell of my own, and perhaps castration. Thank you, Kondo

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Kids here should be educated about these crimes and taught to protect themselves by thinking critically. And again, a sex offender registry is really needed. I'm afraid this molester will just move to another city, work with children, and repeat this if not commit something worse.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Urgh, what a perv. Credit to the girls for telling on him.

While you will never eradicate this from people allowed to be teachers, I think teachers should be warned at the start of teacher training that they will be punished more harshly than others for sexual offences. This should then be properly implemented. While this man did not prey on his own students, teaching must not be viewed as an easy way to spy on or get access to children.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Can you imagine how many go unreported?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

A 30 year old guy asks you to play hide and seek and red flags didn't go up? Then he calls to you from the women's toilet and alarm bells didn't go off? Yeah I said it.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Don’t want to single out Japan as it happens everywhere, but there are quite a lot of creepy, socially awkward looking people hanging around parks, train stations and other public places here. Don’t trust the safety Japan myth. Kids are approached and harassed by “fushinsha frequently here. Watch out for all kids and stay alert out there!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

How can you tie molestation with stress?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Identified by surveillance camera footage in the park,.........and it took the Keystone Kops a month to get this predator of the streets. Must have been high priority.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

There was a 17 year old girl died in Australia last week after never recovering emotionally from a sexual assault when she was 9. One can only hope this piece of dirt receives the punishment he deserves. Let’s start with castration and move on from there.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Teach your children to be strong. Teach them to respect themselves, and to expect others to treat them with respect. Teach them to value themselves highly, including their minds, their bodies, and their sexuality. Teach them to value their lives. Teach them to be aware that there are people "out there" who may try to harm them, and to resist. Teach them to do what they can to protect others who are weaker than they are. Teach them that you are their ally as well as their parent.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

@sensei258

Are you blaming an 11 year old girl for the actions of a 30 year old man?

She is a girl. Not a teenager. Not an adult.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Why are readers blaming the victim? She is a child. Shame on you.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Language is very important, using a watered down word like 'molesting' instead of the more accurate 'sexual assault' is very telling.

I guarantee this man has done this before, several of his pupils being victims. I hope they come forward. A prison sentence is the only acceptable punishment for this man. Shame there is no sex offenders register in Japan.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Im with sensei258. She didnt think it odd that a man hides in the womens toilet and then entices her in??

Note, Im not blaming the victim, Im just incredulous that she could be that silly - 11 years old or not.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I don’t think anyone is “blaming” the victim. However, its fair to point out that at the age of 11, not knowing that having a grown man (stranger) start a conversation and then move on to playing “hide and seek” in the women’s toilet is somehow possible odd leads me to wonder about her parents and education.

Then again, he was a teacher, spending much of his time with young children so was probably a “professional pervert” if such a thing exists. Knowing too well how to manipulate his prey.

I’ve spent many years teaching in Japan, one thing that is treated as normal here but shocks me is the number of Jr high teachers who married ex-students.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@Elmer

I thumbed you up sadly, as a father of a young girl...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

sensei258June 6 11:08 am JST

A 30 year old guy asks you to play hide and seek and red flags didn't go up? Then he calls to you from the women's toilet and alarm bells didn't go off? Yeah I said it.

I have a friend whose daughter is 11. She is a sweet and trusting girl, believes everyone is essentially good, and has never had any bad experiences that would teach her otherwise. She is not stupid, she is naive.

11 year old girls are not adult women who have experience and critical thinking skills and the ability to suss out a dodgy situation and react accordingly. They are young girls whose brains are not yet developed and who do not yet know the world is a dangerous place for girls and women.

Your criticisim is unwarranted and is utterly lacking in empathy.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Elmer FuddJune 6 05:49 pm JST

I don’t think anyone is “blaming” the victim. However, its fair to point out that at the age of 11, not knowing that having a grown man (stranger) start a conversation and then move on to playing “hide and seek” in the women’s toilet is somehow possible odd leads me to wonder about her parents and education.

No, it is not "fair". Read my post above. That there are men who actively want to sexually assault girls and women may seem like common sense to you, but it is out of the realm of experience of an 11 year old.

I personally remember being very young and not understanding that there are grown men who would find me sexually attractive. At that age you barely know what sex is, much less know what adults find sexy, and that there are grown men look at litlte girls in a sexual way. Even after being told by your parents, it's so out of the realm of your experience that you can't fathom it. When something actually happens to you, it still comes as a complete shock. Every woman can remember the first time she was catcalled or sexually harassed, and they will tell you that until that point, they never really believed it would happen.

Girls at 11 are also beginning that age of overconfidence, where they think they already know everything and their parents are exaggerating when they warn their children about creepy men.

On top of that, Japanese kid don't get the kind of straightforward explicit sex education that would help them to understand.

You need to have more common sense as well as more empathy.

Then again, he was a teacher, spending much of his time with young children so was probably a “professional pervert” if such a thing exists. Knowing too well how to manipulate his prey.

See? You DO get it. Time to walk that original comment back.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Uh, basic common sense can be taught to children at a young age. Don't cross the street until you look both ways...

When I was a child (in the US of course), we were taught that you: don't talk/take candy/get in the car/ or especially follow a STRANGER. There were children's educational programming (Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street..), books (Bernstein Bears...), and teachers in schools that TAUGHT kids at 5+ this and I understood it quite well before I was 7 years old. This was in the 80s! My parent even honed this into my little tiny child's brain.

The lack of basic common sense teachings to keep children SAFE is sorely lacking in Japan. Expecting nothing to happen to your child, until it actually happens to your child. Times have changed, and there should be much more awareness as to current and modern problems such as sexual assault of children, human trafficking etc.

That is what incompetence looks like.

It is not the child's fault, it is the society that doesn't take the necessary steps to educate the children to take basic precautions against being harmed by pedophiles etc!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

According to police, Kondo approached the girl who was with a friend in the park at around 5 p.m. on May 12. He said he did not know the two girls and asked them if they’d like to play hide-and-seek with him.

Wtf? At 11 years old, the girls should have thought the guy is not quite right upstairs.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites