An amateur photographer, with a “fetish” for straight men, is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a number of male models at his home in Bristol.
Photographer Nigel Wilkinson, 45, “drugged male models” who he had lured to his Totterdown house between 2014 and 2016, Bristol Crown Court heard on Monday (November 26), reports MailOnline.
Wilkinson, who is gay, allegedly offered to take clothed pictures of his victims but went on to drug them and secretly photograph them naked.
He is accused of raping one man and sexually assaulting another.
The jury heard that he left a retail job to set up his photography business.
Photographer Nigel Wilkinson “deceived” male models, court hears
The court heard that he paid for the men get a train to Bristol and gave them hundreds of pounds to model in the shoots.
He pled not guilty to all 13 charges relating to seven different complainants.
These were: one of rape, one of sexual assault, six of administering a substance with intent, and five of voyeurism.
The alleged assaults took place between early 2014 and early 2016.
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Prosecutor Sarah Regan told the court: “Wilkinson is a gay man who preferred to have sex with straight men without their being aware of it,” reports BristolLive.
She added that Wilkinson used his business to “deceive” men.
Photographer said he had a “fetish” for straight men
“He stupefied and overpowered his victims in order to sexually assault them,” Regan told the court.
Wilkinson allegedly told his victims that he worked for a successful photographer called Simon as a means of gaining their trust.
When he was arrested in April 2016, two types of sedatives were found in Wilkinson’s home.
The jury heard how Wilkinson used the Skype username “Straightboylover.”
A conversation between Wilkinson and another user called “India152,” the photographer said he had a “fetish” for “straight boys.”
The court heard how 69 men were contacted by Wilkinson regarding his business, with 37 men agreeing to be photographed by him.
Police contacted 51 of the men who had contact with Wilkinson. Seven complainants agreed to give evidence.