February 2020

Photographer Paul Brown jailed for rape during bogus shoots

A photographer who raped models in his studio during bogus casting shoots has been jailed for 21 years.

Paul Brown, 41, from Okehampton, Devon, was convicted at Exeter Crown Court of 15 rapes against six women and voyeurism against five others.

Brown led his victims to believe they could become models if they stripped off and had sex during their casting session.

Sentencing Judge David Evans said Brown was “a compulsive liar and fantasist”.

He said: “You are also that very dangerous thing, an extremely convincing and persuasive liar.”

Brown pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism, which involved him installing a hidden camera to spy on a woman in a bathroom.

The court previously heard Brown carried out his offences between 2012 and 2018.

His victims’ ages ranged between their late teens and their 60s.

Brown set up a fake modelling agency called Models South West – which he pretended had nothing to do with him – to lure the aspiring models in.

Through the “agency”, Brown contacted women on Facebook, telling them they had the potential to be models. He then invited them to the studio.

Once there, he persuaded some to have sex with him on camera and convinced others to strip for what he called “artistic nude” sessions.