Photo: Robert Koester
Carlsbad – A 52-year-old modeling photographer was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad police on Nov. 13 arrested Robert Koester, 52, of Carlton, Oregon on charges of sexual assault of a minor. Police officials said they are currently looking for other victims or witnesses to similar crimes.
According to a Carlsbad Police Department press release, on November 13th, officers responded to a call reporting a sexual assault on a minor.
The 16-year-old victim told police she went to a residence on the 3600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard on November 12 to meet with Koester about a modeling job and that Koester assaulted her during a photo session.
Police returned to the residence where the assault occurred on November 13th and arrested Koester, who police said was renting the residence.
Police said Koester was working as a subcontractor for a Carlsbad-based modeling agency and have been working with the agency to determine if similar assaults had occurred with previous clients.
Police said they believe Koester has also used aliases in the past including the names Rhake Winter and Bert Kay.