March 10, 2006

Buddhist priest ,73, blames lust in sex arrest

Brocktown News

Staff and agencies
10 March, 2006

TOKYO - A Japanese Buddhist priest who was arrested on suspicion of having paid sex with a teenage girl said he was under stress and had given in to lust.

Itsushi Ehara, 73, chief priest at a temple in the western Japanese prefecture of Hiroshima and also head of a nursery school, paid the 15-year-old girl 80,000 yen (390 pounds) to have sex in a hotel in downtown Tokyo, a police spokesman said on Friday.

"I could not resist my lust. A lot of stress built up from running the school," Ehara was quoted by Kyodo news agency as telling police.

Posted by kshaw at March 10, 2006 08:08 AM