Government official in Saga accused of attempted rape of woman at park
tokyoreporter.com -- Sep 13
Saga Prefectural Police have arrested a male government official for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman for two hours at a park in Saga City earlier this year, reports the Asahi Shimbun

Between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. on May 26, Kazuhiro Hiwatashi, 56, crisis management officer at the Saga Regional Meteorological Observatory, attempted to rape the woman, aged in her 30s, at the park.

Hiwatashi, was has been accused of attempted rape, denies the charges.

Prior to the incident, the suspect called out to the woman she walked home on a street. He then forced her into the park, where she resisted his attempted rape for some two hours, police said, adding she suffered no injuries.

Hiwatashi took up his position at the observatory in April 2016 and showed no work attitude issues, according to the general affairs division of the Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory.

佐賀地方気象台の職員が、今年5月、佐賀市内の公園で女性を押し倒し、性的暴行を加えようとしたとして逮捕されました。
News source: tokyoreporter.com
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