A 31-year-old police sergeant and former All-Japan Kendo Championship winner has been arrested on suspicion of violating the law against child prostitution and pornography, local police said.
Kenji Shodai, a sergeant with Kanagawa Prefectural Police, stands accused of requesting a then 16-year-old girl to send him three photos of herself naked on Oct. 16, 2011.
According to police, Shodai approached the girl after seeing her profile on a social networking website, and sent her an e-mail asking to her befriend him. Shodai further revealed his name to the girl, telling her he was a policeman and "a famous kendo player." He then contacted her by phone, saying "I want you to send me your naked photos, because I like you."
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(Jiji Press )