Charges: Photographer raped woman during hotel shoot

A 32-year-old man from Farmington is accused of sexual assault.
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A woman who was persuaded to pose for a shoot by a Farmington photographer was raped by him when she finally agreed, charges say.

Bob Masaki, 32, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct over the alleged assault on November 3 at a hotel in Mankato.

The criminal complaint says that using the professional name of "Terrell Chandler," Masaki repeatedly pressured the victim – whom he'd met briefly years earlier – to pose for a shoot by sending her messages on Facebook.

When the camera-shy woman finally relented, he told her to meet him at a hotel because his roommates were in his usual studio.

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During the shoot, which started out "very innocent" with some casual, standing poses with the victim wearing jeans and a shirt, Masaki repeatedly started readjusting her clothing, and then began touching her private areas.

Eventually he told her to get on the bed, facing away from the camera, and she turned around a short time later to see her wasn't wearing pants.

He then sexually assaulted her on the bed, with the complaint saying the victim "became paralyzed by her fear and was unable to move or talk other than crying."

She told police she didn't explicitly say "no," but said she was crying loudly and "uncontrollably" throughout.

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During the assault she could here the camera still clicking, and she believes Masaki continued to take pictures using his remote.

When she got home after fleeing the room, she got in contact with other people she knew had used Masaki's services, and found two who had similar experiences – one who said she was assaulted and the other who said she was touched inappropriately.

Despite using a professional name, police found that Masaki had booked the hotel room under his own name.

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