A man (43) who blackmailed a 14-year-old schoolgirl into having sex with him on tape, and then extorted money from her, has told the court that he was “thinking of marrying her”.
The man, unemployed, was brought before a Tokyo court accused of child prostitution and other offences; he appeared before the court pallid and unhealthy looking, clad in an ill-fitting suit, but kept his cool throughout.
The prosecution charged that he met his victim on an online dating site, where their liaison began with mails. Soon he demanded she provide photographs of herself in most intimate detail.
After he had these photos, he demanded to meet the girl. She refused.
Not satisfied with this, he put it to her: “I just want to meet you once. If you won’t meet me, I’ll send all these (naked) pictures of you to your friends”. Terrified by his threats, the girl decided she had no option but to comply.
He prepared a video camera, and then made the girl, then in her second year of middle school, accompany him to a love hotel, where he made sure to film their activities.
After this, the girl apparently refused to keep a promise to meet him again. He mailed her: “You kept my taxi waiting, what did you think you were doing? The taxi cost me ¥20,000, so you’d better pay up. If you don’t, I’ll be selling this video”. She paid him what he demanded.
The accused man admitted to all these allegations. He then went on to justify his actions, hoping to vindicate himself, by saying that he in fact “intended to marry” the girl.
The judge and prosecution were scathing in response:
Prosecutor: “Is it really normal for a forty-year-old to be making the object of his affections a teenage girl?”
Defendant: “I think that varies from person to person.”
Prosecutor: “Doesn’t it look more like you were simply using her to satisfy your lust? Isn’t it true that of the three times you met your victim, you didn’t do anything but take her to a love hotel each time?”
With this, the defendant’s composure began to crack, and his face reddened.
The judge continued:
Judge: “Haven’t you ever experienced romance before? You’ve seriously dated someone before, have you?”
Judge: “And now you seem to have stopped seeking such a lady?”
Defendant: “Well, not really… If there was such a person, I think I’d like to marry.”
Judge: “Wouldn’t that be just what your mother would wish for? Make a home, give her some grandchildren. If you became a parent, and had a daughter, I think you’d understand how the parents of your victim feel.”
Sentencing is due later in the month.
Throughout the trial, the defendant’s mother is said to have been present, supporting her errant son without question.