Rapist photographer is jailed for 21 years after he set up fake modelling agency to attack up to 90 women and kept ‘little black book’ of scores he awarded his victims
- Paul Brown, 41, held pornographic casting shoots at studio in Dartmoor, Devon
- He documented the offences which took place between 2014 and 2018
- He was today found guilty of 15 counts of rape and six counts of voyeurism
A predatory photographer who raped women in a fake modelling studio and kept a ‘black book’ marking them out of ten has been jailed for 21 years.
Paul Brown, 41, ensnared up to 90 potential models during pornographic casting shoots at his studio in Dartmoor, Devon.
The married father promised the women the footage would be sent to a modelling agency where they would be considered for paid work – but the acts were in fact solely for his own sexual gratification, Exeter Crown Court heard.
Today, he was jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of 15 counts of rape and six counts of voyeurism.
Paul Brown, 41, (pictured) has been jailed for 21 years after ensnaring up to 90 potential models during pornographic casting shoots at his studio in Dartmoor, Devon
Brown got his victims to sign a non-disclosure agreement before carrying out the photoshoots and kept thorough records of his sexual activity with the models in a little black book and photo album.
The book shows some of the women described only by their nationality alongside a score out of ten.
Brown, who police say had ensnared up to 90 women, has been labelled one of the most prolific sex offenders in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police.
He was caught after an investigation dubbed Operation Happen.
The offences, which took place between 2014 and 2018, would often result in sexual activity between himself and the women.
He had previously pleaded guilty to one offence of voyeurism but had denied 28 other charges put to him.
He was initially arrested in October 2017 following a complaint.
More women were identified after an extensive examination of documentation and digital media which resulted in Brown being charged with several counts of rape, sexual assault and voyeurism in January 2019.
The married father promised the women the footage would be sent to a modelling agency where they would be considered for paid work. Pictured: Interior of his studio
But the sexual acts were in fact solely for his own sexual gratification, Exeter Crown Court heard. Pictured: Interior of his studio
The court heard how Brown had rented business premises at a unit in his home town of Okehampton, Devon, where he worked on the side as a photographer.
Most offences took place in his studio and Brown’s business called Model South West featured heavily in the case.
It had been set up as an agency that promoted models across a range of genres -from clothed and lingerie shots to adult and pornographic shots.
The vast majority of the victim’s in the case described applying to Model South West before being referred to Brown for a photoshoot.
However, the women never went on to receive any work or money.
Evidence showed that the agency Brown had set-up was actually fictitious and that any person named by Brown as being involved with that business did not exist.
Brown kept records of his sexual activity with many of the models in a little black book and a photo album. The book shows some women described only by their nationality alongside a score out of ten
DI Praveen Naidoo, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: ‘Paul Brown was one of the most prolific sex offenders in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police.
‘We welcome the sentence today. My team worked tirelessly to gather evidence with over 85 digital exhibits seized during the investigation.
‘Paperwork found during searches of his home and business addresses also allowed us to contact further victims.
‘This was a particularly complex rape investigation involving 16 victims taking over two years to complete. This all started with a single report.
‘He raped and sexually assaulted women over a period of five years. He created a web of deceit to coerce women, many of whom were vulnerable, into allowing him to sexually assault and rape them.
Brown has been labelled one of the most prolific sex offenders in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police. Pictured: Exterior of his studio
‘It wasn’t until one brave young woman came forward that police were able to unravel the web that he had created.’
‘If it were not for the courage of the victims in coming forward and the hard work of the police officers and staff involved, this case could not have happened and this offender would not have faced justice.’
DS Lefort, the Deputy Senior Investigating Officer, said: ‘This was a particularly unusual case and one which helps to dispel some of the myths that surround the subject of rape and other sexual offences.
‘As can be seen with this case, offences do not necessarily follow the stereotypes often seen in the media. It is important that the public know that the police will fully investigate any such allegation and they should feel confident to come forward.’
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