Ex-monk convicted of further historic child abuse in Brighton


AN EX-BUDDHIST monk who molested two girls in their homes after befriending their parents has been arrested.

Koji Takeuchi, formerly Buddha Maitreya, has been convicted of another historic sex offense against a girl in Brighton and a girl in Nottinghamshire.

The 82-year-old was previously jailed in 2020, serving a four-year sentence for sexually abusing a young girl in Brighton in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Following this conviction, the two victims reported separately to Sussex Police to report their own experiences.

On Wednesday 21 September, Takeuchi appeared at Hove Crown Court where he admitted to the sex offenses committed against her.

Takeuchi admitted to two charges of indecent assault against a 12-year-old girl in Brighton in the 1970s.

He also admitted to an indecent assault on a then 12-year-old girl in Nottinghamshire in the 1980s.

His honorary judge, Jeremy Gold QC, said Takeuchi abused a position of trust to carry out the offences.

Detective Constable Stewart Cameron of Sussex Police’s Brighton Investigative Unit led the new inquiry.

He said, “Takeuchi traveled around the country teaching meditation. He also owned a number of Japanese gardens in Nottinghamshire which were regularly featured in television programs and visited by thousands of people each year.

“But he used these to cover up the sexual abuse he perpetrated on young girls. He insinuated himself with their families to gain their trust in carrying out the crimes.”

The judge sentenced Takeuchi to an additional two years in prison for subsequent victims.

Takeuchi, formerly Trent Lane, North Clifton near Newark, Nottinghamshire, will remain on the sex offenders register for life and a sexual harm prevention order will remain in effect restricting his access to children after his release.

DC Cameron added, “Takeuchi had a devastating impact on the lives of his young victims. After his initial conviction, they showed courage to come forward and report the abuse that had happened to them.

“This investigation demonstrates that we will always follow up on reports from victims, regardless of how long ago the events are believed to have occurred, to support them and seek justice for them wherever possible.”

More information and support for reporting past sexual abuse is available online. Ex-monk convicted of further historic child abuse in Brighton

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