An American man who appeared on an NHK program as a reporter has been arrested on suspicion of saving a video of him having sex with an underage girl to a computer, police said.
Alex Zelikow, 30, who claims to be a website developer, is alleged to have violated child pornography laws by filming a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old girl at a condo in Tokyo’s Minato Ward in August 2012. He allegedly stored the footage on a computer hard drive in July 2013.
Zelikow has denied the charges, claiming he has no recollection of the alleged incident.
According to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police, Zelikow and the girl met through a personals website. Police raided his home on Oct. 31, 2013, but he left Japan a few days later.
Zelikow was arrested shortly after he landed at Narita International Airport on Sunday, police said.
TBS has reported that Zelikow, who had appeared on an NHK program as a reporter, filmed the sexual encounter with a hidden camera.
He returned to Japan on Sunday on a tourist visa, the network reported.