FUKUOKA--Police here arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female tourist who was staying at an apartment he rents out to travelers.

“I touched her but I did not have sexual intercourse with her,” Soichi Osabe, 34, was quoted by police as saying.

Osabe, who is self-employed, is suspected of attacking the 31-year-old South Korean woman in the apartment in Fukuoka city, leaving her with minor injuries, around 6:30 a.m. on July 16.

Osabe, of Koga, Fukuoka Prefecture, was arrested the same day. He has denied using any violence, according to the Chuo Police Station of the Fukuoka Prefectural Police.

After the alleged attack, the woman immediately called the South Korean Consulate, which contacted the police.

The woman had reserved the apartment online for use while she was traveling in Japan.

The practice of staying in private accommodation facilities, such as rooms in conventional houses or apartments, is called “minpaku” in Japan.

The Fukuoka city government has introduced a permit system for minpaku operators. The police are investigating how Osabe used the apartment as an accommodation facility and whether city authorities had granted him permission to operate minpaku premises.