As the criminal trial for Masato Uchishiba opened in Tokyo on Wednesday, the Japanese two-time Olympic judo gold medal winner denied the allegations that he raped one of his teenage students, and plead not guilty. The 34 year old who won in the 2004 and 2008 Games says the girl was drunk, but their sex was consensual. The crime is said to have taken place in a hotel room last September after training camp party.
Uchishiba was working as the coach for the women’s judo team at the Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare. The girl was a member of the college team, and prosecutors are charging the Olympic athlete with attacking her after she fell asleep while intoxicated. News agency NHK reports that the prosecutors argued the victim woke up and tried to resist, clearly saying “stop,” but Uchishiba then turned up the TV volume and covered her mouth with his hand. The victim’s name and age haven’t been revealed to the public due to the nature of the crime.
While the married Uchishiba openly admits to having sex with his student, he denies that anything was forced. There was no doubt she was awake, he said, addressing the court, and there was complete mutual consent. Having coached at Kyushu University since April of 2010, Uchishiba was immediately fired last year when the rape charges were made. While he was seen as a hero back home after winning Japan’s first gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it certainly says something about a man’s character when, at 34, he thinks “consensual sex” with a teenage student is acceptable.
[via Sports Keeda]
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