Junior high school teacher arrested for obscene act

Okinawa Prefecture Police arrested Wednesday a male teacher of a junior high school in middle Okinawa on suspicion of having engaged in a sexual relationship with one of his students.

The teacher who’s in his 40’s is suspected of having engaged in sexual activity with the male student in a hotel where they stayed during a sports club game match in Japan mainland. The teacher reportedly denies the charges.

Police searched his house Wednesday and seized related materials. The police have not disclosed the suspect’s address or name to avoid identifying the victim.

The suspected activity allegedly took place in a hotel in the night between May 2 and 3. Investigators say the teacher knew that the student is under age. They have not confirmed whether violence, threats, or money was involved.

According to the school’s local board of education, the arrested teacher has been responsible for the club, and has recently been absent from the school because of illness.