Photo/IllutrationTakahiro Shiraishi is taken to a prosecutors’ office from the Takao Police Station in Hachioji, western Tokyo, on Nov. 1. (Hiroki Endo)

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Takahiro Shiraishi was serving a suspended sentence for a sex-related crime when the body parts of nine people were found in his apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, in late October.

Shiraishi, 27, was arrested by Ibaraki prefectural police early this year on suspicion of introducing women to a shop despite knowing that the place forced women to work as prostitutes.

He was found guilty of violating the Employment Security Law and received a suspended prison term.

He was arrested on Oct. 31 in connection to the discovery of the bodies.

According to an acquaintance, Shiraishi several years ago worked at a company whose employees urged female passers-by in and around the Kabukicho entertainment district in Tokyo to work at sex-related shops.

“I often met him around 9 a.m.,” said a 47-year-old woman who was working near the company. “He was a normal man who could exchange greetings in an ordinary manner.”

An 83-year-old man who lives near the house of Shiraishi’s parents in Zama and has known Shiraishi since his infant days, said he was surprised at the news of the arrest.

“He was a quiet and good boy. I hear that he was recently helping out with his father’s job,” the man said.

An 83-year-old woman who lives near Shiraishi’s apartment said she often saw him riding a bicycle to a train station around 7 a.m.

She said she did not exchange greetings with Shiraishi but his hairstyle was sharp.