A Maritime Self Defense Force officer has been arrested on suspicion of violation of anti-child prostitution and pornography laws, police said Monday. MSDF 2nd class officer Keiji Yamauchi, 28, allegedly paid 20,000 yen to have sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl in a hotel in Tokyo's Kamata area last December, according to police.
Yamauchi was quoted as telling police that he was aware of the fact that the girl was under the legal age of 18 at the time.
According to police, after receiving his degree from a private graduate school, Yamauchi joined the MSDF in March 2009. Soon after, he signed up for the Officer Candidate School, and graduated in March 2009.
At the time of the incident, Yamauchi was still a student. He was quoted by police as saying: "In the dorms, we had to practice abstinence, so I went to a mobile phone dating site and met the girl there."
From April 2009, Yamauchi went on an ocean training voyage and arrived back in Japan on Sept 4. He was arrested the same day he arrived back in Tokyo.
The girl in question had been in trouble with police since February of this year for offenses such as selling her underwear on dating websites, and she revealed information about the incident with Yamauchi during questioning.© News reports