• Kyodo


A former part-time teacher in Saitama Prefecture has been indicted on charges of raping five women and trespassing, prosecution sources said.

The Kumagaya branch of the Saitama District Public Prosecutor’s Office has reportedly indicted Toshifumi Horiguchi, 34, who until recently worked for a gardener near his house in the town of Kodama in Saitama Prefecture.

Horiguchi, who taught social studies at elementary and junior high schools in eastern Saitama for seven years, has confessed to sexually assaulting the five women, including an unspecified number of female teachers, the sources said Saturday.

According to the indictment and police investigations, Horiguchi stormed a house in Fukaya at around 3 a.m. on April 25, 1998, raped a woman in her 20s and videotaped the crime scene.

He was arrested in February this year on suspicion of trespassing in a house in the town of Misato and videotaping its bathroom. His arrest came following a series of peeping Tom cases in northern Saitama.

Police subsequently seized dozens of videotapes chronicling a series of rapes he allegedly committed.

Horiguchi was hired as a part-time teacher in 1989 after graduating from a university in Gunma Prefecture. He started working for the gardener in April 2000.

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