A 24-year-old former police officer in Yoshioka, Gunma Prefecture, went on trial Thursday for attempting to kidnap a 10-year-old girl on Jan 15.
Prosecutors told the Maebashi District Court that Nobuhiro Akiyama used confidential information about the girl's family to try and lure her into getting into his car, Sankei reported.
The court heard that Akiyama, off duty at the time, approached the girl, who was with a friend, at around 4 p.m. He called her by her first name and told her that her father had been in a traffic accident and was in hospital. He then offered to drive the girl to the hospital.
However, the girl refused and Akiyama left. The two girls told their mothers what had happened and that the man who approached them looked like the police officer they had often seen on patrol in their neighborhood.
Akiyama has admitted to the charge and was quoted by police as saying, "I first met her in December. She was cute and I wanted to get to know her better."
Akiyama said he used the personal information about residents written on patrol contact cards.
Prosecutors demanded a jail term of 2 1/2 years for Akiyama.© Japan Today