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Buddhist priest busted for molesting girl under guise of dispelling evil spirit

Mainichi Shimbun, Feb 9, 2007

AKKESHI, Hokkaido (Japan) -- A Buddhist priest has been arrested for molesting a 17-year-old girl at a temple he owns last year under the guise of dispelling an evil spirit from her, police said.

Teikan Akiyama, 56, a resident of Yakumo, Hokkaido, repeatedly made unclear statements during questioning, investigators said.

Akiyama told the unemployed victim to lie down in the temple he owns in Akkeshi in early August last year, saying he would dispel an evil spirit from her. He then molested her, local police said.

The girl had visited Akiyama's temple at the introduction of an acquaintance asking him to dispel an evil spirit from her.

Akiyama also operates another temple in Yakumo, according to investigators.

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