Fake photographer jailed for drugging woman at ‘model photoshoot’
An internet predator who lured women to fake photoshoots and attempted to imprison them has been jailed for four years.
Calvin Edwards, 36, posed as a professional photographer to entice people to his address in Greenacre Road, Hingham, around 15 miles from Norwich.
Edwards used aliases and email address to create false online profiles pretending to be a professional photographer, Norfolk Police said.
He then used these profiles and enticed the victims to his address for a photoshoot.
The incident, which happened on January 7 2016, involved two adult women who attended Edwards' address after seeing an advert for models on a modelling website.
On arrival, Edwards made his victims a cup of tea, which he had laced with ketamine, before grabbing one of the victims and making threats towards the other.
The victims managed to escape and contacted police.
A rucksack was later found in the lounge of the address containing restraints and a balaclava.
He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court after admitting administering a noxious substance with intent to commit an indictable offence and attempting false imprisonment.
Edwards was sentenced to four years in prison on July 29 and ordered to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.
Detective Constable Michael Bowers, investigating officer, said: "I hope this sentence serves as a warning about meeting people you've met online.
"Remember, if you are going to meet someone, make sure a friend or family member goes with you and that someone else knows where you are, what you are doing and how long you will be."