A photographer who sexually assaulted a young aspiring actress at a £400 'modelling shoot' has been sentenced to jail.
Pascal Molliere, known as Pascal Gerrard, 55, of Brooklands Road, Havant, Hampshire, was sentenced on 12 April 2022 to three years in prison.
He was also sentenced to Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and a destruction order made on the photos.
Molliere was found guilty on Friday, 25 February, at Southwark Crown Court of three counts of sexual assault.
He was also found guilty of two counts related to sexual assault by inappropriate touching and the third count related to sexual assault by kissing.
The victim first met Molliere in July 2010 through a website used by actors to find work and book relevant services.
The victim was in her 20s when she first chatted with the "reputable" photographer hiring him for £400 to help her produce professional headshots.
The duo communicated via a website messaging service and agreed on the requirement before a telephone confirmation for a date, time and location.
Naive, Molliere suggested the victim come with alternative clothes, including lingerie for provocative shots, claiming it would be good for her portfolio.
On the day of the incident, the victim arrived at Molliere's studio in Fulham, West London.
The victim said the photographer locked the door once she was inside, claiming it was to protect her privacy and prevent the photoshoot from being interrupted.
"Molliere became increasingly tactile as he suggested positioning for the photos, as the photoshoot progressed," according to a police report.
The victim claimed Molliere suggested that she changed into 'sexy' clothing and asked her to remove them as the photoshoot progressed.
The victim claimed that Molliere sexually assaulted her by touching and kissing her. She continued the photoshoot as she believed the photographer would be aggressive but informed her boyfriend the moment she left the studio.
As the victim was leaving, according to the charge sheet, Molliere suggested that she might attend his home address to take part in another photoshoot with other women, which she declined.
The victim claimed her boyfriend contacted Molliere to ask for an explanation; instead, he promptly refunded the £400 fee for the shoot.
The case wasn't pursued for a few years until the victim saw an article in a newspaper in relation to the defendant being cleared at court for a series of similar sexual offences.
This and the #metoo movement encouraged the victim to report the allegation to the police in 2019.
DC David Roberts, from the Met's Public Protection Unit, Central West BCU, said: "First and foremost, I would like to commend the survivor of this attack for her incredible bravery and courage. We know that reliving the trauma of incidents like this is horrific for survivors, and the composure she maintained throughout this trial has astounded myself and my team.
"Our primary concern is that there may be more young women who have been subject to the same treatment by Molliere – who now goes by 'Pascal Gerrard'. It is essential that, if you recognise either of these names and think that you may have been affected in a similar way, you let us know.
"We want everyone to understand that if you do not feel comfortable talking to police, then there are a number of ways that you can report sexual assault, or any other crime, completely anonymously. I hope that today's result demonstrates that the Met will stand with victims of crime."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.