A teacher convicted of 95 counts of raping his pupils, aged 9-12, has been handed the maximum sentence possible, 30 years.
The 44-year-old Hiroshima teacher is said have played with his elementary school pupils as though they were his own personal sex toys, raping them at will and filming himself in the act.
He faced 95 charges relating to crimes against 10 victims from 2001-2006.
The judge threw out some of the charges against him due to a lack of evidence of actual violence, but enough remained to ensure this made little difference.
In total, he was convicted of 46 counts of rape, 11 counts of attempted rape, 25 counts of indecent assault and 13 counts of child abuse.
The judge handed down the maximum possible sentence, 30 years, condemning the teacher in no uncertain terms:
“You took advantage of your young victims, playing with them however you pleased, and your continued crimes utterly betrayed the trust placed in the teaching profession, for which you deserve the harshest censure.
Your absurd defence only shows how meagre your willingness to repent is – there is no other option than to hand down the maximum sentence possible.”
He was also ordered to pay ¥115,500,000 in compensation to victims, parents and prefecture.
Those wondering why Japanese maniacs so often plead guilty and admit all their crimes in full need look no further – many judges clearly do not look at all kindly upon a guilty party failing to express remorse and instead attempting to deny the charges, and over 99% of defendants sent before court are judged guilty.
Once again the question of how he avoided detection for so long, or even became a teacher in the first place, is one few in Japan seem prepared to ask.