A teacher has been caught blindfolding and posing his pupils in order to “express deep affection” for them in a “1-on-1 setting.”
The 29-year-old Saitama elementary school teacher had an unusual modus operandi.
He was found to have individually taken 5 of the girls in his 6th year class to a library prep room, where he had them put on an eye mask and strike a variety of poses, with their hands on their heads and so on.
He is also said to have done something similar with 2 5th year girls, and even with a number of boys under his care.
Reportedly he was always very eager to photograph the children in class or at play, and the children suspected he was photographing them whilst they were wearing the masks, which he denies.
He was soon reported by children and parents who became suspicious.
The teacher explains himself:
“I wanted to express my deep affection for children who have been trying really hard with their studies, in a 1-on-1 setting.”
The teacher admits all the charges and expresses his regret, saying it was “reckless” of him.
He is now on “sick leave.” Police have not become involved and the city educational board has yet to decide what, if anything, to do with him.
It may be rather optimistic of pupils to think illicit photography was all he was doing whilst they were blindfolded.