A police sergeant in charge of supervising detainees was looking at porn on his smartphone while a rape suspect escaped from a detention facility here in August, according to investigative sources.
Osaka prefectural police disciplined the officer in his 40s who worked at the Tondabayashi Police Station by reducing his pay for six months.
The fact that he was looking at pornographic material at the time of the escape was not revealed when his punishment was announced in October.
Osaka prefectural police punished seven police officers in connection with the escape of rape and robbery suspect Junya Hida, including the chief of the Tondabayashi Police Station.
Hida fled the detention facility inside the station on the night of Aug. 12 and eluded police for seven weeks in a nationwide manhunt that involved about 3,000 law enforcement officers. He was eventually captured in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Sept. 29 at a roadside rest area.
in charge of (something)：慣用語，負責（某事）。例句：He is in charge of hiring new employees.（他負責招募新進員工。）
in connection with (something)：慣用語，關於，與…有關。例句：D.C. police have arrested a man in connection with several sexual assaults that occurred Wednesday near Dupont Circle, according to authorities.（當局指出，華府警方已逮捕一名與週三在杜邦圓環附近發生的數起性侵害案有關的男子。）