Fake Photographer Charged With Raping Models Found Online
WSVN TV News is reporting the arrest of a former Miami Beach police officer for the rape of at least two female models in Miramar, Florida.
Officials there say that 36-year-old Lavont Flanders Jr. lured beautiful young models by posing as a photographer and promising them a part in a commercial. He arranged to meet the models at a Miramar warehouse located at 3590 State Road 7, where he would drug and then sexually assault them.
The investigation is on-going, as Flanders may have preyed on multiple victims. "We are investigating five cases of sexual battery on a victim that has been incapacitated," explained Dale Robertson of the Miramar Police Department.
"What has happened is these young women would post their information and pictures and stuff on a website called modelmayhem.com and our suspect would go to this website and pick his victims off this website."
ModelLaunch recently published an article called "Modeling Scams & The Casting Couch Part One: Problem Photographers which warned models "Some problem photographers may even resort to drugging models by slipping Viagra, date-rape drugs (Roofies) or worse into their drink."
According to the writer, ModelLaunch Editor Sean Bickerton: "The best advice I can give novices is to take a friend (not your jealous boyfriend or girlfriend - that kills a shoot) along with you the first time you shoot with any photographer you encounter over the internet.
"No good photographer should object to you bringing a friend along to your first shoot if you advise them in advance. Bottom-feeders will always object. So, take someone along the first time. And if you're under 18, I strongly recommend that a parent, guardian or agent be with you at every photo shoot if you don't know the photographer."