Police suspect Kyoto reverend raped more girls

Mainichi Shimbun/April 13, 2005

Kyoto -- Police have questioned several girls over whether they were sexually attacked by the leader of a church who stands accused of raping one girl, officials said on Wednesday.

Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested Tamotsu Kin, 61, leader of the Seishin Chuo Kyokai in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, on April 6 for allegedly raping a girl who was a follower of the church.

Police suspect that Kin sexually attacked more girls and adult women who were followers and plan to slap him with fresh charges.

They have already questioned several teenage girls over whether Kin victimized them or not.

Members of a private group designed to help former followers of the church have said Kin began sexually attacking followers 14 years ago.

Kyoto police suspect that Kin initially molested adult women and then targeted young girls.

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