Ex-Principal: I Paid for Sex With 12,700 Women, Girls
Yuhei Takahashi allegedly kept 147K photos in 400 albums
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2015 11:50 AM CDT
A researcher starts a chat session in a public chat room where users solicit fake 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, Monday Nov. 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(Newser) – Police say they've discovered a disturbing collection of 147,600 photos of women and minors in the home of an ex-principal they arrested in Japan. Yuhei Takahashi, 64—who faces child pornography charges stemming from photos he allegedly took of sex acts involving a teen in the Philippines in January 2014—reportedly told Japanese authorities he first began paying for sex while posted at a Japanese school in Manila in 1988. He made 65 return trips to the country after the 3-year job ended because the sex was "cheap," NBC News reports, via Japanese paper Asahi Shimbum. Police say Takahashi admitted to paying for sex with 12,700 girls and women, ranging in age from 13 or 14 to their 70s, over 27 years. The Japan Times reports Takahashi told police that 10% of the women were under 18.

The AFP reports he also admitted to documenting the women "to keep the memories" and reportedly said that engaging in immoral behavior gave him a feeling of "freedom." Takahashi began teaching in 1975 and served as a junior high school principal from 2008 until his retirement in 2011, CNN reports. "He was a principal and as someone who served at a post which requires responsibility conducted these acts—when we first heard it we just could not believe it," an education official said at a press conference. A police rep says Takashima had been under investigation since 2013. The AFP notes Japan is able to prosecute certain crimes, even though they might've been committed abroad. (Read how a Walking Dead actress helped rescue sex slaves in Colombia.)