Photographer smiles after avoiding jail for sexually assaulting nude model

A photographer convicted of sexually assaulting two young women during naked photoshoots left court smiling today after avoiding jail for a similar offence.

Adam Selly, 57, was jailed for four years for the assault of two women aged 20 and 23 on different occasions at his home in 2016.

He has now been handed a suspended sentence of 58 weeks for two years, for the sexual assault of another woman dating back to 2013.

A sentencing hearing at Wood Green Crown Court heard Selly's wife came downstairs after the assault and "looked really angry", and told Selly: "It can't be so young next time."

The 18-year-old came forward after seeing publicity from the first case with Selly pleading guilty to sexual assault.

It was said the teenager, like the women from the previous court case, was approached by Selly through a website called Beauty Bound to model in a naked photoshoot where body paint would be applied.

She arrived at his home in Chalk Farm, north London in October 2013 for the photoshoot, but after about 25 minutes she was asked to lie on a sheet on the floor.

It was said Selly put his hands between the woman's legs asking her: "Is this ok?"

His victim said she clamped her legs shut as the ordeal went on for around five minutes as he "persistently" tried to touch her between her legs.

The court heard Selly’s wife then came downstairs and said to him: "It can't be so young next time" and made a comment about the "shape of the victim’s pubic hair".

Prosecutor Christiaan Moll (corr) said: "She recalls he apologised to his wife."

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A judge said sentencing Selly for the offence was difficult as he had already been jailed for four years.

Judge Andrew Holmes said: "I make it absolutely plain that the sentence I'm going to pass on you would be very different but for the fact since this offence took place you have served a long sentence of imprisonment."

The court was supplied with character references, including from Selly's wife, and reports from the probation service detailing how he has transformed his life.

Eleanor Laws QC, defending, said: "He was a legitimate photographer, there were a number of other women who were very happy with the photos this was not a case of intending every single time.

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"He has remained in the community where it is known what he has done and he has worked very hard and been very open, which gives any court great comfort when considering the risk of re-offending."

Sentencing him, Judge Holmes said: "The victim had satisfied herself in advance that your work as a photographer was entirely professional and she was no doubt reassured by that to go to someone's home for a photoshoot.

"During that process, you touched her between her legs. There's no doubt that touching was sexual, and there's no doubt that was unwanted sexual contact. She describes trying to close her legs and cause it to stop. Towards the end, she saw your wife who was appearing quite naturally to be angry."

Selly was put on a tagged curfew for three months and was ordered to carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service.

He will also pay £2,000 compensation to the victim, prosecution costs of £1,500 and is banned from photographing women, outside of his family, without telling them of his convictions.

Selly also has to continue to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for the rest of his life.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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