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A grand jury in Fairfax County, Virginia superior eight felony prices towards former Jujutsu Kaisen manga translator Stefan Koza (34) on December 20. Each of the counts is for possession of kid pornography, and every depend is for a separate video.

The case first went by means of the Fairfax County General District Court, after which moved to the Fairfax County Circuit Court for the grand jury indictment. A Fairfax County Circuit Court consultant confirmed with ANN a three-day jury trial is about to begin on June 7. According to the Fairfax County General District Court, lawyer Dickson Young is representing Koza. ANN reached out to Young, who declined to remark stating he doesn’t touch upon pending circumstances.

Details of Arrest in December 2020

Koza was arrested in December 2020 on suspicion of possession and distribution of kid pornography. Virginia’s Herndon Police Department made the arrest as a part of a collaborative investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce. He was initially charged with 5 felony counts of possession and 5 counts of distribution of kid pornography.

According to a police report included in court docket information, police arrived at Koza’s home with a warrant on December 7, 2020. Koza then reportedly dialed 911, stating somebody was banging on the entrance door, and he was instructed to open the door for police. The report said Koza then eliminated laptop components, exited by means of the basement of the home, and ran to the sting of a wooded lot the place he threw the parts. The report said Koza then ran again towards his residence the place he was arrested.

Police then reportedly requested Koza why he ran to the woods to discard property, and Koza replied that he panicked when he realized police had been at his home, and he tried to discard the parts to allegedly disguise traces of kid pornography downloads from the BitTorrent community. The report said Koza stated on the time of his arrest he was conscious he was distributing and downloading youngster pornography information.

While Koza was initially being held with out bond, he was finally “released on recognizance” (a time period which means he was launched with no need to pay bond however wanted to signal a written promise to look in court docket) on December 15, 2020. As a part of his launch, he agreed to keep away from all contact with minors and agreed to not use the Internet. In January 2021 the court docket amended Koza’s bond to permit for Koza to entry Viz Media‘s servers and to contact two individuals on the firm by way of electronic mail. Viz confirmed with ANN that it didn’t proceed to work with Koza after his arrest.

Previous Arrest in Japan in 2014

The Sankei Shimbun reported in 2014 that Koza had been arrested on July 15 of that 12 months within the city of Kami, Miyagi below suspicion of violating Japan’s Minor Offenses Act by trespassing and secretly taking recordings in an elementary college’s ladies’ dressing room. Koza reportedly denied the fees on the time.

The Kami college or board of training filed a legal criticism to police in Kami on July 14, 2014. Koza reportedly said at a workers assembly on the college that the digital camera was his, however he had misplaced it about one month prior.

Koza is a U.S. citizen who was 26 on the time of his arrest in Japan. He reportedly grew to become an assistant language instructor (ALT) on the college in August 2009. Koza’s LinkedIn profile stated he was an ALT on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program at an unspecified elementary college in Japan from August 2009 to July 2014.

The police report within the present U.S. case said Koza instructed police he was arrested in Japan after allegedly hiding a GoPro digital camera in a altering room at an elementary college. Koza reportedly stated he was given three years of probation from Japanese authorities, and was faraway from Japan and ordered again to the U.S.

Past Work for Viz Media

Koza, who additionally glided by “Steady” and “Steady Studios” in relation to his manga work, was an English-language translator for a number of Shonen Jump manga properties together with Jujutsu Kaisen, Ghost Reaper Girl, We Never Learn, and Tokyo Shinobi Squad. Koza’s LinkedIn profile said he labored as a contract manga translator for Viz Media since January 2018. Viz Media instructed ANN Koza had labored as an unbiased contractor for the writer. The firm famous that it has a number of translators who’re unbiased contractors and supply companies for quite a lot of titles.

Sources: Fairfax County Circuit Court information, Correspondence with Fairfax County Circuit Court, Fairfax County General District Court, Tysons Reporter (David Taube)