A 45-year-old man has been arrested after photographing several teenage girls at a Sevierville cheerleading competition.
A 45-year-old man has been arrested after photographing several teenage girls at a Sevierville cheerleading competition, authorities said.
Kazuhiro Fukudome, who listed a Springboro, Ohio, address, was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor following the incident Saturday at the Sevierville Convention Center, according to an arrest warrant.
Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at the event and confronted Fukudome, who gave the officers permission to view photographs on his camera, the warrant states.
The camera held photos of several girls competing in the event, including some shots focused on the girls’ genital areas, according to the warrant.
Authorities questioned Fukudome specifically about one photo of a girl, approximately 14 years old.
“The suspect was asked, ‘How old do you think this female in the picture is?’ ” the warrant states. “He replied, ‘About 14.’ ”
Officers seized multiple electronic devices from Fukudome, Sevierville Police Department spokesman Bob Stahlke said.
“Investigators are continuing to process evidence and the investigation is ongoing,” Stahlke said.
Fukudome, who originally is from Hioki, Japan, according to his Facebook page, remained in custody Wednesday at the Sevier County Jail.