Teacher held over alleged assault of 14-year-old girl
Police have arrested a junior high school teacher in Kodaira, Tokyo, for allegedly assaulting and threatening a 14-year-old junior high school girl on the street.
According to police, the suspect, who has been named as 28-year-old Kota Asanuma, allegedly accosted the girl at about 8:30 p.m. on July 25, TV Asahi reported. The girl told police he came up behind her, covered her mouth and threatened her with a knife. He told her, “Come with me if you don’t want to get stabbed,” TV Asahi reported.
Police said the girl broke free and ran into a nearby house from where she called her parents. When the parents arrived, the suspect was still in the area and the girl and her parents chased him for 100 meters before grabbing him, TV Asahi reported.
Asanuma had no knife on him and has denied threatening the girl, police said. He teaches at a different school from the one attended by the girl, police said.