In times of economic stress to the sleep research community and those offering high standard clinical care, we often have made black humour comments about the Plan B for financial survival – converting multiple single room sleep laboratories to a far more profitable industry that requires multiple single rooms and advertises extensively in the back pages of suburban magazines.
But nothing has prepared the sleep research community for the case in Japan of 54-year-old Hideyuki Noguchi who pretended to be a sleep researcher and fooled women into participating in a “sleep study” but were actually were actually drugged and raped, their attacks recorded and sold to porn sites.
CNN reports authorities arrested 54-year-old Hideyuki Noguchi, after one of the women saw herself in a video. Police investigated and arrested Noguchi, who now faces charges of incapacitated rape in some three dozen cases.
Authorities say Noguchi has told them the number of victims is about 100.
The assaults allegedly began in 2012 when police say Noguchi took out an ad seeking participants for a sleep study. The ad sought women from their teens through their 40s.
Police say Noguchi sold the videos to porn sites, making around $100,000.
The study was of course a ruse – no valid institution, no ethics committee and a false appeal to altruism or small amounts of money. Noguchi has no medical training. A frightening saga that should see Noguchi in jail for a very, very long time and hopefully not impact on Japanese university sleep research recruitment.
Professor Ron Grunstein is a Sleep Disorder Specialist based in Sydney, who consults at the Woolcock Clinic and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and undertakes research at the Woolcock Institute, University of Sydney.