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Massaging of Teenage Breasts a ‘Religious Activity,’ Court Rules

February 23, 2005 | 11 Comments

Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan, February 21, 2005
Special to The Raving Atheist

A Shinto priest accused of indecent assault for massaging the breasts of a 15-year-old girl was found not guilty after a court here ruled that his act was a “religious activity.”

“There is room to accept that his act was a religious activity, and reasonable doubt in saying he possessed sexual intent,” Judge Atsushi Tomita said in handing down the ruling at the Sendai branch of the Kagoshima District Court last Wednesday.

Prosecutors had demanded that the 36-year-old priest, Ryoichi Sakamoto, be jailed for two years over his actions.

Sakamoto was arrested and charged with indecent assault after he touched the breasts and other body parts of the junior high school girl at a religious facility adjoining his home in October 2002 and December that year.

During the trial, Sakamoto admitted that he touched the body of the girl, but said it was “a religious activity in order to help her,” and maintained that he was not guilty.

In giving the ruling, Tomita acknowledged that Sakamoto had touched the breasts of the girl, but said of his actions, “(In the sect to which the defendant belongs) there are some cases in which the skin is touched directly, and one cannot say that this did not constitute a religious activity.”

Judge Tomita observed that it would be highly unusual for a man in his mid-thirties to be attracted to the uncovered, budding mammaries of a female scarcely out of childhood. “Gentlemen are attracted to women their own age,” Tomita noted, crediting Sakamoto’s testimony that no impure thoughts crossed his mind as the girl’s pubescent breast-meat melted into his slowly-kneading palms. The judge further acquitted Sakamoto of caressing the warm, creamy flesh of the teenager’s naked buttocks, finding that no reasonable jurisprudence could interpret such conduct as other than a protected religious practice.

American courts were quick to follow suit. On Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state statutes prohibiting Catholic priests from teasing the firm, blooming young stalks of manhood out of the underpants of trembling altar boys unconstitutionally infringed upon the free exercise of religion.


11 Responses to “Massaging of Teenage Breasts a ‘Religious Activity,’ Court Rules”

  1. Gabriel Mihalache
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 7:58 am

    Everyone, to the Seminary School!

  2. Marc
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 8:44 am

    It’s about time. Discrimination against religious pedophiles was getting way out of hand.

  3. Kafkaesquí
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    So is the massaging of adult female breasts against their religious beliefs? Because if it isn’t, I’m rethinking this whole atheism thing.

  4. Viole
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 10:22 am

    I know that article doesn’t cover everything important about the case, but did these bloody morons ever consider asking the damned girl? Sexual assault is about the will of the victim, and with the age difference there might even be laws pertaining to the case in addition to the regular sexual assault statutes.

    So regardless of how ‘holy’ his intentions, if she didn’t give her permission(and, depending on the laws, even if she did), he sexually assaulted her. What’s my point? That in order for someone to be abused, the antagonist doesn’t have to enjoy it.

  5. DamnRight
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    No one can judge intentions… just the act itself… he should have been convicted for his act, not his intentions…

  6. June
    February 23rd, 2005 @ 11:46 am

    OK, OK, let’s stop the snickering and analyze the case like serious adults.

    The priest says he had some religious intent. One wonders: was he trying to “do a metaphysical mind meld” or “exorcise demons” or “awaken her self” or “bring her to god” or “bring her into the fold of believers”?

    I suspect he was trying to “get his rocks off” – an ancient religious rite dating back to Mary and the Angel Gabriel, snicker snicker snicker.

  7. Kate
    February 24th, 2005 @ 1:28 am

    Were they rocks or jewels? Does anyone have an ancient illuminated manuscript with a picture to verify this?

  8. Viole
    February 24th, 2005 @ 10:12 am

    This guy isn’t Christian, June. While you are(as always) amusing, I’m pretty sure the Japanese can molest children without western cultural influence…

    I think the New World Order should get the UN to mandate castration for all members of religious orders. That’d take care of the sex-scandals.

  9. DamnRight
    February 24th, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

    … let’s expand that to televangelists too… just for fun…

  10. DamiFB
    February 24th, 2005 @ 2:48 pm


  11. hermesten
    February 25th, 2005 @ 11:13 am

    My dog’s breath is bad BECAUSE of his social life.

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