Buddhist Priest Busted for Child Prostitution

Mainichi Daily News [Japan]
October 5, 2006

Niigata -- A Buddhist priest was arrested Thursday for paying girls to have sex with him early last year, police said.

Masashi Ikarashi, 37, a resident of Agano, Niigata Prefecture, is accused of violating the anti-child prostitution and pornography law.

Ikarashi paid 20,000 yen each to two third-year junior high school girls to have sex with him at a hotel in Niigata in January 2005, local police said. The priest had got acquainted with the girls through a telephone dating club in Niigata, according to investigators. (Mainichi)


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