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Police officer nabbed for allegedly groping student in train.

TOKYO, April 25 Kyodo

A 49-year-old police officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of groping a 16-year-old female high school student in a Tokyo subway car, police said.

Hiromi Degura, a superintendent at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's public safety division, reportedly admitted to the charge of touching the girl, mainly around the hip area, in violation of a public nuisance ordinance in the capital, the police said.

Both he and the girl are residents of Tokyo's Adachi Ward.

The incident allegedly took place at around 8 a.m. Thursday aboard a subway car on the Hibiya Line operated by Teito Rapid Transit Authority, according to investigations.

The girl got off and notified station staff, who apprehended Degura and handed him over to police, they said.

Degura joined the Tokyo police force in April 1973 and became a superintendent in March 1999.

He was assigned to his current post last September and has recently been involved in preparations for the upcoming World Cup soccer finals.
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Date:Apr 29, 2002
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