• Kyodo


A man who in 2000 was released from prison for the abduction-murder of a 7-year-old boy in 1990 was sentenced to 16 years Monday for molesting 14 children in Fukuoka and Saga prefectures between 2003 and 2004.

Presiding Judge Soichi Hayashida said Haruhiko Kumamoto, 33, was “addicted” to committing sex crimes against children, adding, “the possibility of (the defendant) committing the same crime again cannot be denied.”

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