U.S. Ex-Reporter for Japan's NHK Arrested for Sex Video With Underage Girl

Issue 35 BKLOT Tokyo - H 2013
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Issue 35 BKLOT Tokyo - H 2013

The now 30-year-old fled Japan in 2013 after the video was discovered by police.

An American former reporter for Japan's public broadcaster NHK has been arrested for possession of a video showing him having sex with a 17-year-old high-school girl.

Alex Zelikow, 30, took a video of himself and the girl using a hidden camera at his apartment in central Tokyo in 2012, while he was working at NHK, after meeting her on a social networking site and offering to teach her English, according to local reports.

The video was discovered when Tokyo Metropolitan Police searched his apartment, for an undisclosed reason, in 2013. Zelikow fled the country shortly afterwards and recently returned on a tourist visa, local reports said. He was arrested under Japan's child pornography law. 

A former reporter for various NHK programs, Zelikow also worked as an editor, translator, rewriter of TV scripts and actor at the public broadcaster, according to his LinkedIn page. 

Zelikow has refused to answer questions about the incident, according to Tokyo police.

NHK has been hit with a string of scandals recently.