Director of Board of Education arrested for sex with minor

Naha Police arrested 59-year-old Executive Director of Nakagami Board of Education Office Shigeki Hamaguchi, Wednesday, on suspicion of having had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

According to Naha Police investigators, Hamaguchi met the junior high student through a dating site. He then took her to a hotel in Okinawa City in the afternoon of Jul. 26th, and allegedly paid her ¥10,000 for sex.

When questioned Hamaguchi admitted that he met the girl at the hotel, but claims that they went there for a dinner. He also claims that he did not know that the girl is under 18 of age.

Investigators say that Hamaguchi took her to the hotel even though he knew that she is under age. They also say that Hamaguchi has been a registered member of the dating site for some 10 years, and they suspect that he may have met the girl more times than once.

Chairman of Okinawa Board of Education Akira Moromizato stated that “If true this is a very shocking and grave issue as we at the Board of Education bear the heaviest responsibility for the education of young people. In fact, it’s unforgivable.”

At the end of May, the girl’s parents noticed that her appearance and lifestyle had changed noticeably. As they persisted on asking her, she finally confessed, and the parents reported the affair to police.