In a highly unusual case of a defendant being found innocent in a Japanese court, a man charged with groping a girl has been cleared after a judge decided that he could not have dashed 6m and groped her all in the 1 second period he was out of view of a security camera – although the fact he was jailed for 6 months, as long as the sentence sought by prosecutors, rather renders the verdict moot.

The case began with a 40-year-old man being accused of groping a 17-year-old girl on a bicycle one morning in front of a Miyazaki prefecture convenience store.

The alleged crime took place on the 14th of September, but it was not until the 3rd of October that police moved to charge and arrest the man for violating the prefecture’s anti-groping ordinances.

He denied the charges, and prosecutors then sought a massive 6 month prison sentence for an offence which usually attracts suspended sentences and fines even for repeat offenders.

The case went to trial, and aside from the girl’s testimony the only evidence involved was security camera footage from the convenience store. This showed the man walking in front of the store and then apparently turning in the same direction as the girl, who disappeared from the screen followed by the man.

In total he was off camera for less than a second, but the girl was some 6m ahead of him when he disappeared.

Amazingly, in spite of this rock solid evidence the judge ruled that as “it was impossible for him to have covered 6m in under a second, and the woman’s testimony is at odds with the evidence” he could not be guilty. He was ruled innocent.

Unfortunately, the man’s life had already been destroyed by this point, said his defence: “As he has been held in prison for 6 months, he has since lost his job – a case like this should never have been brought so lightly.”

The prosecutors refused to comment as they say they are considering whether to appeal the verdict and try for a 1-second dash-grope conviction again.

There is considerable outrage about the case, both for the length of time he was held on such a relatively minor charge and the flimsy evidence:

“And what happens to the girl who made the false accusation? Won’t she be punished?”

“No. She’s not committed any crime…”

“6m in 1 second might be possible for an athlete?”

“He teleported over there and groped her. Happens all the time.”

“A 1 second grope is a bit hard to believe in any case.”

“I’m curious about why he turned and walked back…”

“Who knows? To go back to his car or something?”

“Sounds like the prosecutor had it in for him. Japanese prosecutors are just nuts.”

“He was arrested and prosecuted a month after the supposed groping, not at the scene when it happened. However you look at it, this case is some bullshit made up by a cop.”

“And solely because he appeared on a convenience store security camera.”

“Lucky for him the camera was there, or was it?”

“6 months of detention? I bet a lot of innocent people plead guilty rather than be held for longer than the sentence they’d get for the plea whilst the police try to bully a confession out of them.”

“They normally get off with a fine if they admit it. Even if you win the court case, in a case like this they will make sure you lose the battle.”

“It hardly matters. If it gets out that you’ve been convicted, even if only fined, you’ll be sacked immediately. Even if you confess immediately, they may hold you whilst trying to pin more charges on you, and you won’t be able to explain your absence from work without a doctor’s note. Of course, none of this applies to police, teachers and other civil servants.”

“They are looking for excuses to sack you. In my company, somebody was sacked for a speeding offence.”

“I thought they can only hold you for 20 days?”

“The courts can authorise as many extensions to that detention as they want, and do so almosy 100% of the time they are asked.”

“I don’t get how he got locked away for so long. The standard for these cases always seemed to be charge and release on the same day, followed by a household search. Was she the daughter of some bigwig?”

“What kind of dictatorship do we live in?”

“Half a year of jail on no evidence, and he lost his job!? Hold this bitch to account!”

“It hardly matters that the court cleared him. Social punishments have already been exacted.”

“This poor guy had his whole life ruined because of this. His career will never recover and he has been branded a criminal… he should sue for tens of millions in damages and libel and feed his family with that for the rest of his unemployed life!”

“He’d never win. There was a similar case recently where a falsely accused innocent man sued the state for $130,000 and they threw it out by just saying that the police had no choice but to arrest based on the accusation.”

“Can he get his job back?”

“Losing your job at 40 is basically a death sentence here. He’ll never work again.”

“The problem is with these cops and prosecutors desperate to get a high ratio of convictions – if anyone maintains they are innocent after being arrested they start doing this kind of thing.”

“These false charges are bound to happen where you have a system where people are arrested automatically if accused of something by a woman. There needs to be some financial punishment for making such false charges or people will think nothing of making such accusations.”

“What are the police doing? Groping is utterly shameful, but the police do not even acknowledge the possibility women lie or are mistaken about these things.”

“Our police and prosecutors are as bad as the criminals…”

“Japanese police are just totally untrustworthy.”

“He would have gotten off more lightly by just beating her senseless.”

“You think false chikan accusations are bad! Think of what happens to the men subject to all those fake rape accusations!”

“As usual, women never lie and men have no rights.”

“How can you avoid stuff like this? Wear cameras all over your body?”

“You’d just be arrested for peeping…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Either that guy or other guys on 2ch should find out the identity of the girl and give her the groping that she was apparently unlucky enough to have missed out on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:30 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    his life is effectively over. giving her a groping or two is pretty meaningless in comparison. besides, she'd just be happy for another chance to make a quick buck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perfect crime in nippon: drag the body to the suicide forest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was a loli..I wouldn't be able to control myself!!

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    Comment by Assassinister

    How? When its flat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 02/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It BECAUSE it's flat!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm not a loli fan, but chest size is largely irrelevant to the act of groping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyways..... It's about teh flatness!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 02/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Stay classy, you bunch of slimeballs. I hope you never go within 100 feet of a real girl or woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    00:27 has never felt the soft texture of a joshi shougakusei/chugakusei/koukousei CONFIRMED

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @1:46 Still, I can't help but think that with her not being punished at all for practically destroying the guy's life (because he'd lost the job, and getting a new one will be difficult for him because of the fact that he was tried, even if he wasn't convicted in the end) for no apparent reason, I can see why they want her to get hurt. There's a big difference between saying lies that don't hurt anyone and saying lies that ruin someone's life, and in the second case there should be consequences; women's crusade against men in Japan is getting to levels so ridiculous that it's hard not to sympathise with Japanese men.

    If anything, if karma was real, then she deserves to get groped and not be able to do anything about that for destroying his life with her lies about him groping her. But since justice is blind and karma almost impotent, the only thing there is left for us is wishing her harm.

    @0:27 If all women were like the one who ruined that guy's life, I wouldn't want to get into a 500 feet radius of any of them, regardless of your stupid comments. Fortunately, some of them are better than that.

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    11:27 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @1:46 and 0:27:-

    The mere fact that either of you have a problem shows who moronic you are, she ruined has entire life, whatever harm she gets(and I hope she does get harmed) she ultimately deserves.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    02:47 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 10:50

    His life is over, he will never get a good job now, she deserves at least that much punishment. How about this instead:
    - Force colleges to deny her admission for life, ruining her chances at a good job.
    - Put her on a list of people who commit fraud so the police never take her seriously again and they have to have ANY crime against her on tape.
    - Force her to work and use the money to pay him a year's salary as soon as she is old enough to get a job.

    Basically ruin her life forever to make an example out of her.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    06:15 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    146, he has no legal recourse what so ever. Of course someone like her deserves some kind of punishment, she didn't even get a slap on the wrist. She should go to juvie for fraud, I am sure she would get several gropings there.

    Comment by Anonymous

    NO ONE deserves to be groped, period. She deserves some kind of punishment (a fine, I think), but no one ever deserves to be sexually harassed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    1:46 You're act is getting tiresome , always the same stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 02/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    The fact that comments like 0:27 are rated down, and the other trash is rated up, is why you guys are so hated by the entire outside world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 02/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Confirmed, lol. (not fucking kidding, fun fun fun)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 02/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    don't be stupid
    that's impossible.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    01:40 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    He might as well find her and rape the shit out of her until she's dead and go back to prison at least he'll be fed and clothed.
    He'll probably wind up living in a cardboard box.
    It's Japan and I'm sure all his former friends, neighbors and family will shun him as a social pariah.
    He'll never get another decent job, if he finds work at all. At least in America he might be able to sue but probably not in Japan.

    Another innocent falling victim to raving Femnazi rhetoric and the pussy politicians that pander to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Since his life is already over, if I were him I would definitely punish her myself.

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    11:31 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @kazaza2 and 4:24:-


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Usually don't agree with something like that, but in this case? Hell yes. He should sue the state to have his record expunged AND to get some justification for the 6 months he spent in prison.

    Frankly, if I had been a police officer and heard something like that? I would have told the bitch "I don't believe you and I'm going to put it in my report that I don't believe you!" to cover my own ass and explain in the report exact why I didn't believe her.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:31 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the US or Europe he might get a cool half million for being held without trial.
    Also this was just a groping not a rape which even in the US usually only carries a sentence of probation.

    He could choose c and turn his rage against the police and prosecutors who wrongly convected him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    If he doesn't find a job he should really grope a girl to at least get food in jail

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:18 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since he was wrongfully imprisoned for six months and for what should be a minor charge he could sue the state for a hefty sum of money.

    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    11:28 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's Japan, one 2ch gave the example of them throwing out a case like that, *sigh* I feel sorry for the guy especially since it is something so horrible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    “This poor guy had his whole life ruined because of this. His career will never recover and he has been branded a criminal… he should sue for tens of millions in damages and libel and feed his family with that for the rest of his unemployed life!”

    “He’d never win. There was a similar case recently where a falsely accused innocent man sued the state for $130,000 and they threw it out by just saying that the police had no choice but to arrest based on the accusation.”

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Char, that sounds like something I'd expect most Americans to say. Lawsuits really aren't as popular in other parts of the world.

    Still, I do agree with you... the state and the girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    14:22, agree totally. Lawsuits are UNDER-rated by a lot of people, it's the only way in our society short of taking the law into your own hands (which is frowned upon) that you can get some just compensation for loss.

    Corporations especially are not going to do the right thing without a threat of litigation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)



    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Damn he should've groped her, the result will be the same anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, but she was on a bike, no way to catch her unless he ran. But then she could pedal faster.

    avg man - 12~15ph
    avg bike - 15~25mph
    (Or something like that, avg bike on is just bs guess.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Bitches and whores.

    Proving misogynist right ever since BC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm no misogynist, but I am getting tired of the 'always believe the woman' bullshit.

    Women, girls, boys, men... they WILL lie about sexual assault to get revenge on someone. Especially if they make it out so "Oh, he used a condom and took it with him!" like someone who accused one of my college buddies did.

    Thankfully, he had VIDEO evidence (store surveillance) that he wasn't anywhere near the bitch in question when she was supposedly 'assaulted' AND her sister came forward saying that she had talked with her about making a false allegation because she was pissed at my buddy for not wanting to marry her.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    22:52 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i could of done more than that in one second. everything but the finisher xD

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    01:52 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It looks like Dio Brando was having one of his off days and suffered for it...

    *shakes helmet*

    But in all seriousness, the injustice and brutality of this one-sided fiasco shows one of the ugliest faces of humanity that no one stands up too...And even if they did, those in power (the prosecution) can manipulate 'justice' to their advantage despite the evidence...

    And people the world over wonder why we lose more and more faith on authority and how they handle things...

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    Comment by kazaza2
    02:08 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You're absolutely right. A lot of people forget that if your accused of something like this it's going to cost you thousands if not ten of thousands of dollars in legal fees to clear yourself. If you don't have the money you have to rely on the Public Defenders Office and then God help you!
    You had also better hope it's not a slow night for news because your case is almost guaranteed to be on the 6 o'clock news. We've seen time and time again how the media jackals can make something out of nothing to whip up public opinion.
    If you are not rich or a celebrity you're pretty much screwed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the other hand, one could say that if you were rich or a celebrity, you'd be even more screwed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 11:16

    I don't know, OJ got away with double murder until he screwed himself in a botched robbery.
    Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation.
    Wealth and celebrity at least afford you the best money can buy. Lawyers, judges, juries , publicity etc. Makes a big difference and is the primary reason the rich walk while the poor rot.

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    Comment by kireiningyou
    01:37 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 01:01

    However, If OJ was a non celebrity NONE of that would have even come into play. He would never have been able to afford the legal defense team he assembled along with private investigators and the rest. He would be doing life in San Quentin and largely forgotten.
    Justice is for the rich and those
    of influence. Period!
    Guys like the alleged groper have their lives destroyed by nothing more than a girls accusation (Since there is no recording of the supposed assault) which is why after 6 months the judge let him go. However the irreparable damage is already done. I'm quite sure if it had been some idol or politician the result would be very different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 00:46, OJ did NOT get away with double murder.

    IF THE GLOVE DOESN'T FIT, YOU HAVE TO ACQUIT! That is the bottom line there. I've seen the studies done where they PROVED that the glove could not have shrunk so much that O.J. couldn't put it on.

    It's just impossible. Now, could he have hired someone to kill his wife and her boyfriend? Yeah and if they were smart, they would have focused on that from the start or at least entertained that notion.

    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    11:30 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just so how low humanity can sink, well we sink low before but yeah, the lie more or less just cost one guy has life and no one will care because, that's japan for you.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:21 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dio Brando would have cut up the pigs into bacon and left without ever even giving a fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is the problem when you have prosecutors who are only concerned with crafting their reputation.

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    Comment by SciFi
    02:58 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe he used Brain Burst and virtually groped her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He's lucky he only got 6 months irreversebly taken from his life. Some innocent sit in the slamer longer without beeing charged at all.

    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    11:33 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually no has entire life is fucked now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In the USA the police often add "terroristic-threats" to the often lengthy list of charges.
    Unfortunately, no one really knows what it really means, and the judge is free to interpret it any way he wants. (usually an additional one or two years)

    Welcome to the Police State, where everyone is a criminal...

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    Comment by Falos
    02:50 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No wonder they're all shut-ins terrified to go outside.

    All the levels of law enforcement are often just used as weapons against those without connections, in all countries. I count myself lucky to have never been attacked. Yet.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:57 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yup.. because police is organized and legalized crime. I don't even know what they do. Preventing crime? No. Hunting down criminals? No. Fining fast drivers? YES.

    Police is really useless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I don't know how much of your post is sarcasm but the police really are scum. They certainly have a lot of time fining/arresting harmless people but no time to catch real criminals. Go after the drug dealers instead of the harmless high as hell junkie... oh but those drug dealers might have weapons!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 12:40

    Have you ever heard of a marijuana junkie? I think he was talking about crack/meth dealers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 04/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's all the same, in the US they're wasting resources arresting people in possession of weed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't know how much of your post is sarcasm but the police really are scum. They certainly have a lot of time fining/arresting harmless people but no time to catch real criminals. Go after the drug dealers instead of the harmless high as hell junkie... oh but those drug dealers might have weapons!

    Let me guess... you've been caught buying marijuana, right?

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