A Japanese district court has found three male former Ground Self-Defense Force members guilty on charges of indecent assault of a female subordinate.
The Fukushima District Court handed down two-year prison sentences suspended for four years to Shibuya Shutaro, Sekine Akito and Kimezawa Yusuke on Tuesday.
Prosecutors had demanded two-year sentences, alleging that the three defendants touched Gonoi Rina through her clothing at a training facility in Hokkaido in August 2021.
The three defendants had pleaded not guilty. They admitted to forcing Gonoi down using martial arts moves but said they had no intention of committing indecent acts.
Prosecutors charged the three men after an initial decision not to indict them.
A prosecution inquest panel determined that the decision not to indict them was unjust after Gonoi went public with the accusations.
The case prompted the Defense Ministry to take the unusual step of launching a special inquiry last year into harassment.