[11/12/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Ni-gun personnel Ken Miyamoto arrested on suspicions of sexual assault
Former Nippon Ham Fighter pitcher Ken Miyamoto (29) was arrested by Chiba police on suspicions of sexually assaulting a woman. According to reports, the incident took place in late-June in Funabashi at night.
Miyamoto joined the Fighters as a Kibo player out of Waseda University in the 2006 draft. He was senryokugai'ed after the 2012 season and accepted a Ni-gun personnel job in the organization for the 2013 season.
The Fighters released the following statement:
Today, on November 12, farm personnel Ken Miyamoto was arrested by Funabashi, Chiba police.
It is extremely regrettable that a staff member was arrested. We are taking this matter very seriously. To our fans, sponsors, investment partners, and various other groups, we offer our sincerest apologies for causing any distress and concern.
We will gather all the facts and deal with this matter accordingly.
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 2:26am]
The media learned on Wednesday that Miyamoto was arrested earlier this year in September for following a woman around in Ichikawa, Chiba on the evening of September 10. Team officials did conduct their own internal investigation and was told that it was a misunderstanding -- he was talking on his mobile phone while sitting in a car, got into an argument, threw it out the window, stepped out to retrieve it, noticed a drunk woman stumbling around, approached her to ask if she was ok, but then police came around and arrested him, he was allowed to leave after he spent a few days explaining what had happened. Officials did not confirm the story with police because they trusted Miyamoto. They suspended him for a month and told players, coaches, and personnel that he was not feeling well.
Officials told reporters it was not their intention to hide important information and that they took things too lightly.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2013
[UPDATE 11/15 @ 8:26pm]
The Fighters announced that they terminated Miyamoto's contract, effective today.
Source: official announcement
[UPDATE 12/4 @ 12:55am]
The Chiba District Prosecutors Office indicted Miyamoto on charges of rape on Monday. According to the indictment, at June 20 at around 1:00am in Funabashi, Miyamoto committed an act of violence against a woman by approaching her from behind and threatening to kill her while grabbing her around the neck.
Source: Sponichi 12/2/2013
[UPDATE 12/5 @ 7:43pm]
Miyamoto was rearrested today on suspicions of sexual assault. According to the arrest report, at around 12:30am on June 30, 2012, Miyamoto allegedly forced a girl in her teens into a fire escape landing of a building in Miyagino-ku, Sendai and sexually assaulted her (inappropriate touching). Miyamoto told investigators that he had no recollection of the event. Miyamoto was in Sendai at the time and had made an appearance in relief in a game on the same day.
Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013
[UPDATE 2/13/2014 @ 4:24am]
Miyamoto admitted to the charges of indecent assault and rape during a trial at the Chiba District Court on the 10th. He also said he thought suggestive videos and manga influenced him and that he was feeling stressed and frustrated about how he had to end his career as a baseball player. His lawyers added that it was a sudden crime and that their client regretted his actions.
The prosecution is seeking a five-year prison term. A ruling will be made on the 24th.
Source: Sponichi 2/10/2014
[UPDATE 2/24/2014 @ 9:44pm]
Miyamoto was found guilty of indecent assault and rape by the Chiba District Court on the 24th. He was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the prosecution's recommendation.
The Nippon Ham Fighters gave team official Hiroshi Yoshimura a stern warning for mismanagement.