Former babysitter given 20 years in prison for sexually abusing 20 children

NHK -- Aug 31

A district court in Japan has sentenced a former male babysitter to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting 20 children.

The Tokyo District Court handed down the ruling to Hashimoto Akinori, 31 years old, on Tuesday.

Hashimoto was accused of repeated sexual assault of 20 boys aged five to 11 between 2015 and 2019. He got jobs looking after the victims via means including an app for connecting parents with babysitters.

Hashimoto was indicted on 22 counts of rape, 14 of sexual abuse and 20 of violating the child pornography law.

Prosecutors had demanded 25 years in prison. The defense said some of the cases were not sex-related and that Hashimoto was not guilty.

In Tuesday's ruling, presiding judge Kodama Masanori dismissed the claim, saying all of the cases involved sex.

Aug 31 (ANNnewsCH) - 男の子13人に乱暴した罪などに問われた元ベビーシッターの男に対し、東京地裁は懲役20年の判決を言い渡しました。  ...continue reading