A man has been arrested after he brutally assaulted a 10-year-old girl by patting her on the head and picking her up.
The man, a 51-year-old mid-ranking police functionary, was visiting the Chiba seaside when he approached a 10-year-old girl playing on the beach one afternoon, accompanied by 6 members of her family in a pleasant mid-winter beach excursion.
He asked the girl what year she was, patted her on the head, and suddenly picked her up from behind.
The girl did not take well to this brutal attack and ran to her mother; her 21-year-old brother reported the man to police for assaulting the child, charges he admits, saying “I was joking around with her.” He was arrested at the scene.
The girl was unharmed by her ordeal.
The man explained his sick motivations: “I wanted to play with the girl.”
The man’s employers at the police HQ issued a statement: “It is truly regrettable that our employee was arrested. We await the results of the Chiba police investigation, after which we would like to take appropriate action.”
Japanese men should by now be getting the message that any man so much as talking to a child in public is likely to find himself the subject of a manhunt, to say nothing of those criminal deviants who go so far as to try to help a lost child. Men experiencing more innocent urges may wish to join the teaching profession.