A senior police officer has been arrested after it transpired he used a police database to locate a schoolgirl, persuading her to have sex with him in return for money. It appears he will keep his job.
The 45-year-old Niigata prefecture inspector used a prefectural police database to obtain a 15-year-old schoolgirl’s mobile phone number.
Investigators report the database held a variety of personal details on the girl, such as name, age and contact details, making it a valuable resource for any lolicon. That such a database would likely hold details of any prior trouble a girl had been in for prostitution would make it doubly valuable.
The inspector phoned the girl out of the blue and asked if she was interested in any “part time modeling work,” and soon the pair were visiting a love hotel for sex.
Unsurprisingly, he did not identify himself as policeman.
Once investigators discovered his abuses after being tipped off by the girl’s parents, they were able to confirm he had met the girl using CCTV footage. He was soon charged with knowingly committing indecent acts with a minor.
He claims that “I just happened to find the phone number in a toilet by chance,” but admits the charges, saying “My actions were inexcusable.”
Investigators were suspicious as to why he kept changing his story during interrogation, and soon uncovered evidence suggesting he had been using the database.
Police issued a familiar apology:
“This is truly regrettable, please accept our profound apologies. We will ensure it never happens again.”
They make no mention of actually sacking him, however.
That Japanese police have databases of slatternly schoolgirls is probably a cause for concern, as the nation’s teaching profession amply demonstrates what happens when men in positions of authority are given ready access to adolescent girls of loose morals.
As police have to be relied upon to investigate and catch themselves without external oversight, it is hardly a situation likely to inspire confidence amongst citizens.
The case also serves as a fine example of the failings of the “if you have nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to worry about” argument in favour of allowing government and police to horde data on citizens – “Would you want hundreds of thousands of anonymous male civil servants able to pull up the personal details of your beloved daughter with the click of a mouse?”