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Yamaguchi Pref. cop punished, resigns after charging men for dates

The Yamaguchi Prefectural Police headquarters is seen in this March 5, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Hinako Banno)

YAMAGUCHI -- A police officer here has had her pay cut and also resigned from the force over revelations she had quoted prices to several men for dates arranged over a smartphone app, a source close to the force said.

The Yamaguchi Prefectural Police cut the officer's salary by 10 percent for one month. The disciplinary action was dated April 1, and the officer resigned the same day.

According to the force's inspection office, the officer in her 20s arranged to meet the men in May to August last year using a dating app. A source close to the case told the Mainichi Shimbun that the policewoman cited a price for her company. Her actions were discovered when she consulted with the inspection office in February this year. She has apparently apologized and expressed regret.

The prefectural police slapped the officer with the pay cut but did not make the disciplinary measure public on the grounds that her case did not meet the prefectural police's criteria for announcing punishments. An inspection office representative stated, "We judged that meeting people through a dating app was itself inappropriate behavior for a police officer."

(Japanese original by Yusuke Hiratsuka and Hinako Banno, Yamaguchi Bureau)

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