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Policeman sends threatening text messages

Date Posted: 2008-01-20

The northern Okinawa woman was puzzled about dozens of messages received on her cellular phone saying “I will kill you. I’m going to settle the account with you.”
After receiving nearly 60 such messages, and after she sent the unknown message sender her own messages saying “Please don’t send mail to me”, she turned the matter—and her cell phone—over to Ishikawa Police to investigate. They did, and found the threatening messages were coming from their own police station.
Police traced the caller’s cell phone to one belonging to a 49-year-old police sergeant assigned to the Ishikawa Police Station. The officer has denied sending the calls to the woman, telling his superiors he doesn’t even know the woman. She, in turn, told police she doesn’t know the policeman, either.
Investigators from the prefecture inspectors section confirmed the calls did come from the policeman’s phone, and subsequent interrogation revealed the he did send the messages, but to the wrong person. He admitted he didn’t realize his friend had cancelled the cell phone number, and that the number had been reassigned to the lady who received his threats.
“We are very sorry about this scandal,” a police inspector says. “We would like to apologize to the lady victim and to everybody.” The inspector said “We are strongly advising our staff, telling them never again to do such a thing.” According to investigators, the sergeant began sending the messages last November after he didn’t receive answers to his calls to his lady friend.

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