A 41-year-old police sergeant from the Osaka Tondabayashi police station has been arrested after it was discovered that while riding in a train, he put his smartphone between a woman’s legs.

Osaka police identified the officer as Tetsuhiro Nomura. TBS quoted police as saying that the incident occurred at around 11 p.m. on Aug 12 in a train on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka line. Nomura is alleged to have placed his smartphone between the legs of a woman in her 20s who was sitting next to him at the time.

According to police, the woman, who had been dozing, grabbed Nomura after she felt the smartphone.

Nomura has denied any wrongdoing, police said, claiming that the woman grabbed him for no reason.

Police, however, later found a picture on his smartphone that had been taken at the time, showing a small bit of the woman’s clothing.

TBS reported that in 2000, Nomura was issued a warning by the chief of police after another case in which he groped a woman in a train carriage.

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