Authorities Oregon photographer drugged raped young women

first_imgMCMINNVILLE, Ore. — A professional photographer drugged and sexually assaulted young models or aspiring models he worked with in Oregon and California, federal and state authorities said Wednesday.Robert Arnold Koester, 52, is accused of bringing young women and girls to a remote property outside McMinnville, in Oregon’s wine country, taking nude photos of them and sexually assaulting them there, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said at a news conference.He announced an indictment charging Koester with 32 counts, including rape.Investigators serving two search warrants at the remote, 28-acre property seized “many, many terabytes” of digital photos and videos as evidence. The images suggest other victims may have been abused on the property, Berry said.Authorities asked anyone who was at the property for a modeling shoot — or anyone who knows of female models who went to Koester’s property — to contact authorities.Koester’s defense attorney in the California cases, Jonathan Lynn, declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday.The indictment in the Oregon cases is sealed and court records, including a listing for a defense attorney, were not available in the state’s online criminal system. No one immediately returned an email sent to a listing on Koester’s business website.last_img read more

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