Photographer accused of drugging, raping young models indicted on child porn charges

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Robert Arnold Koester, 52, took nude photos of young women and girls and sexually assaulted them at his rural property on the 16000 block of Northwest Meadowlake Road in Carlton, near McMinnville,

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A photographer arrested in 2018 after authorities said he raped underage models was charged with coercing six minor victims in Oregon to engage in child pornography.

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The Statesman Journal reports that U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Wednesday that Robert Arnold Koester, 52, was being charged with six counts of production of child pornography.

At the time of his arrest, Koester worked as a professional photographer, engaged in the photography of models, primarily on the West Coast.

Koester owns a 28-acre farm in rural Yamhill County near Carlton, where police believe he drugged, raped and assaulted multiple women and teens. Koester faces dozens of additional state and federal charges for related criminal conduct in Yamhill County and in California.

Efforts to reach an attorney for Koester weren't immediately successful.


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