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Wandering hand gets cop busted for assault

Date Posted: 2011-08-12

An Urasoe City policeman has been arrested and charged with criminal assault after he improperly touched the breast of a drunk woman he was escorting to her home.

Okinawa Prefectural Police say Kiyotaka Tokuyama has been charged with causing humiliation by a law enforcement officer, indecent assault and criminal assault in connection with last week’s incident in Chubu. Tokuyama has denied the charges. Police say the Urasoe cop was taking the woman, described as being drunk and in her 40s, to her home in a patrol car driven by another police officer. The charges sheet says Tokuyama put his hand inside the woman’s clothes as he escorted her into her home, and touched her breast.

The woman telephoned police immediately, and followed up with another conversation with Urasoe City Police later the same day. Urasoe and the Prefectural Police say the other police officer with Tokuyama didn’t see what happened, because he remained in the patrol car. Police say the victim and Tokuyama apparently were not acquainted.

The head of the Urasoe City Jail Affairs Section, Takeo Iso, has apologized for the 55-year-old police officer’s conduct. “We apologize, and we will give consistent guidance and education to all policemen, and will plan to prevent a repeat of such an incident in the future.” Iso says there were “circumstances that were complete for the arrest,” adding “there was anxiety of his escaping or destruction of evidence because Tokuyama denied the charge.”

Tokuyama says the woman’s clothes were looking disheveled, and he was only “correcting her costume”. Iso refused to comment “because it is a matter still under investigation.” Iso says “we will deal with this incident based on results of our internal investigation.”

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