An elementary school teacher who raped 5 of his pupils aged from 8 to 12 a total of 37 times faces a possible 30 year prison sentence.
The 32-year-old Kyoto prefecture elementary school teacher forced himself on his charges at two schools over a 2 year period, the court heard.
At his first school, he raped or indecently assaulted 4 of the little girls in his class a total of 14 times over a period of 11 months, either at school or their homes.
He then transferred to another elementary school in the same prefecture, where over an 8 month period he raped or assaulted another one of the girls in his class 23 times, again either at her home or at the school.
The prosecution maintains his attacks were the result of him abusing his authority over the girls to pressure them into sex – he told the girls he “would be angry at them” if they did not comply with his wishes, and one of his victims testified that “I thought I could put up with it to spare my mother from being upset.”
He was accused of untoward behaviour at his first school, but as he “strongly denied doing anything” it appears they did nothing and did not bother telling anything to the next school he worked at, allowing him to continue his extracurricular activities in his new job.
The local educational authorities merely claim “we weren’t aware of it until it became an incident.” Parents have criticised them for not investigating him at all.
The “incident” only came to light when one of his victims finally made a complaint about him touching her and police became involved and launched an investigation.
The prosecution is seeking the maximum possible sentence of 30 years, saying he “deftly planned to abuse his position as teacher in order to perpetrate his base and vicious crimes, and inflicted immeasurable physical and psychological harm on his victims.”
The defence is pleading for leniency, saying that he deeply regrets raping all the girls and that he will be unlikely to re-offend as he promises to undertake counselling and medication upon his release.
Sentencing is due on the 9th of March.
Online there is considerable outrage at the apparent leniency of the sentence, as well as the usual wonderment at the sort of things Japanese teachers can get away with:
“This is Japan…”
“That sentence wouldn’t even be one year per count…”
“It is utterly sickening to think of him touching all those girls, let along raping them like he did. It should be cut off, without anaesthesia!”
“You’d expect the parents to kill him for something like this.”
“It’s always possible they agreed to it. He did do it at their homes, even if they didn’t know they must have had domestic issues for that to happen.”
“Honestly, you’d expect to get busted from these kids letting things slip to their friends. And if this teacher was married his family is ruined, and even his own children would loathe him. He had so much to lose…”
“I can’t even believe this story. Why didn’t they sack him after one or two came to light? They let him do it dozens of times, it’s unbelievable.”
“Life sentences are best for the scumbag teachers who do this stuff…”
“30 years of free food, I must be missing something?”
“小五 + ロリ = 悟り” [“year 5 elementary school” + “loli” = “satori” (enlightment)]
“37 times, and he probably did more as well. I guess he can die a happy man.”
“I am having trouble imagining the scope of his crimes, can someone suggest a suitable manga to explain things?”
“Actually doing it with elementary schoolers is just… Well, I suppose from his perspective he has no regrets.”
“I thought this stuff was limited to ero-manga, but some people actually do it…”
“To do it with 5 girls, what a winner. And 37 times, he’d not regret it even if he got the death penalty. So, it’s OK to execute him!”
“Lolicon, just kill yourselves already!”
“This is being reported as rape and indecent assault, but it seems more likely they consented. The merest hint of a rape accusation from one of those children would have brought it all down on him. The sources don’t describe any use of force at all. I don’t think child rapists should be treated leniently, but if he did have their consent that should be taken into account.”
“It doesn’t matter whether they consented or not. Children that age cannot legally consent. So it is always rape. Now go to sleep.”
“He must be Korean!”
“Unfortunattely, he can’t be a Korean – one of the characters used in his surname is in old-form, and you aren’t allowed to use those any more when naturalising.”
“Korean deception! There are Koreans with that surname.”
“Our sentences are too lenient! We should be more like America and combine them all up into one huge sentence!”
“I don’t see why he should get a sentence longer that he would have for killing someone though?”
“People just get more emotional with rape than they do with murder. It makes no sense at all, but there you are.”
“Honestly, teachers are all either lolicon or lolicon-in-training aren’t they?”
“What kind of person wants to become a teacher? You can imagine anyone who does probably has something wrong with them, especially ones who study education at university. Imagine wanting to become a teacher at the age of 18, gross.”
“I cannot comprehend how a school board would overlook what happened at his first school. Why do they exist? To defend teachers from prosecution and hide things from the media?”
“Because they are full of scum who are all about protecting their promotion prospects by avoiding any sort of police involvement. It’s always better to report these matters to police and not to the school.”
“The schools conceal their pupils being bullied, the crimes of their teachers – they sure are good at it!”
“The principals have to suppress these incidents for their own sakes if nothing else.”
“I can’t help but think all these teachers have committed similar crimes in the past and are protecting their own.”
“They are all senior teachers from the Shouwa period when teachers could get away with anything.”
“This was all a typo, it was 300 years, right?”