SAGA (Kyodo) The Saga District Court sentenced a former police officer Tuesday to 20 years in prison for abducting four elementary school girls between 2001 and 2004.

Hiroyuki Tomita, 27, was found guilty of forcing the girls into his car between July 2001 and February 2004 in Saga and Fukuoka prefectures, and of attempting to kidnap another girl in Saga in May 2001. He was charged with abduction for sexual purposes.

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