Shrine Priest Busted for Molesting High School Girl

Mainichi [Japan]
July 4, 2006

Kawasaki — A shrine priest has been arrested for molesting a high school girl on a train here Tuesday morning, police said.

Priest Yoshinori Ginbayashi, 36, who is also an employee of the Association of Shinto Shrines, is accused of violating a Kanagawa prefectural ordinance prohibiting people from creating a nuisance.

He admitted to the allegations during questioning. "It was disgraceful behavior. I regret what I did," Ginbayashi was quoted as telling investigators.

At about 8 a.m., Ginbayashi put his hand up the skirt of a 17-year-old, third-year high school girl on a local train on the Odakyu Line that was traveling between Mukogaokayuen and Noborito stations in Kawasaki, local police said.


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