Hokkaido Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old member of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) on suspicion of violating the child prostitution and pornography law last year.
Police said Shuya Sakamoto, who was arrested on Tuesday, has denied the charge and that he has only said “I don’t know,” Hokkaido Broadcasting Corp reported.
According to the warrant, Sakamoto, who lives in Chitose City, allegedly promised to pay tens of thousands of yen in cash to the then-15-year-old girl for sex. Police said Sakamoto became acquainted with the girl on a social networking site and that they arranged to meet at a hotel in Otaru on October 15, 2022.
The girl’s parents consulted with police after they discovered a large amount of money in her possession.
Surveillance footage from the hotel showed Sakamoto and the girl check in into the hotel.© Japan Today