High Fashion Photographer Charged Lewd Acts
Jason Ellis, of Newport Beach, California was charged with three counts of lewd acts on a child, and one count of statutory rape, oral copulation of a minor, and digital penetration of a minor. The victim, Jane Doe is a 15-year-old girl he met through his fiancé and co-defendant Michelle Hecker also of Newport Beach.
Jane Doe was 14 when she first met Ellis and Hecker. Under the pretense of helping her with a modeling career, Ellis took the victim on dates to the movies and dinner all pre-arranged and executed with the help of Hecker. Hecker would pick the minor up at home pretending to go horse back riding and then drop the victim off with Ellis.
Jane Does parents became suspicious of the friendship with Hecker and hired a private investigator to follow their daughter. Based on what the private investigator learned, the parents brought the information to the Newport Beach Police Department where they opened up an investigation. Both defendants if convicted face up to 7 years in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.