Newport Beach photographer Jason Ellis arraigned for rape of 15 year old girl

Multiple news sources are reporting that Newport Beach photographer Jason Ellis was arraigned today for statutory rape of a 15 year old girl after agreeing to help her with her modeling career.

33-year old Jason Ellis, whose photos have appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle and Muscle & Fitness, is charged with three counts of lewd acts and one count each of statutory rape, oral copulation of a minor and digital penetration of a minor, said Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Ellis’ live-in fiance, 31-year-old Michelle Hecker, who is listed Ellis’ representative on his Web site, is charged with aiding and abetting Ellis in the same crimes. An arrest warrant has been issued for her arrest.

KTLA reported that:


Heckler introduced the girl to Ellis under the pretense that he could help with her modeling, Emami said.

Between August 2007 and June, Ellis took the girl on dates to movies and dinner, kissing and touching her in public, Emami said.

Hecker allegedly helped Ellis gain the trust of the girl’s parents, picking her up from her home supposedly for horseback riding or some other activity.

But prosecutors say she took the girl to meet Ellis at the Fashion Island mall and drove her home later.

To hide what the two were doing, Hecker allegedly had the girl wear riding clothes when she picked her up or dropped her off, Emami said.

  • NZ

    what a scumbag

  • NZ

    what a scumbag

  • Newport Bluffs

    Not only is he a scumbag, but Michelle is worse! As a female, she should have compassion towards that young girl. And 7 years jail time???? Please, that is an embarrassment to our society. If found guilty, they should both get alot more prison time than that. They are disgusting.

  • Newport Bluffs

    Not only is he a scumbag, but Michelle is worse! As a female, she should have compassion towards that young girl. And 7 years jail time???? Please, that is an embarrassment to our society. If found guilty, they should both get alot more prison time than that. They are disgusting.

  • niksart

    one thing you can say about Jason.He loves children!

  • niksart

    one thing you can say about Jason.He loves children!

  • Kayla

    Newport Bluffs Says:

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
    “Not only is he a scumbag, but Michelle is worse! As a female, she should have compassion towards that young girl. And 7 years jail time???? Please, that is an embarrassment to our society. If found guilty, they should both get alot more prison time than that. They are disgusting.”

    I would not be suprised to learn that she has some sort of sexual trauma in her past. It is almost a guarantee in these types of cases, where a woman assists her boyfriend/husband like that. Of course that doesn’t make things any better, but her mind is probably too flawed to make good decisions anymore. There is always the possibility that Ellis was controlling her in some way.

  • Kayla

    Newport Bluffs Says:

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
    “Not only is he a scumbag, but Michelle is worse! As a female, she should have compassion towards that young girl. And 7 years jail time???? Please, that is an embarrassment to our society. If found guilty, they should both get alot more prison time than that. They are disgusting.”

    I would not be suprised to learn that she has some sort of sexual trauma in her past. It is almost a guarantee in these types of cases, where a woman assists her boyfriend/husband like that. Of course that doesn’t make things any better, but her mind is probably too flawed to make good decisions anymore. There is always the possibility that Ellis was controlling her in some way.

  • Reality Check

    I’m surprised that it hasn’t occurred to any one that as the dirtbag photographer’s manager, his girlfriend Michelle was probably only guilty of sneaking the girl away so she could be photographed and might not have even known her fiance was committing such an attrocity.

    I have a tough time believing any woman would condone that kind of behavior.

  • Reality Check

    I’m surprised that it hasn’t occurred to any one that as the dirtbag photographer’s manager, his girlfriend Michelle was probably only guilty of sneaking the girl away so she could be photographed and might not have even known her fiance was committing such an attrocity.

    I have a tough time believing any woman would condone that kind of behavior.

  • Foster

    His style is so plastic & totally over rated!

  • Foster

    His style is so plastic & totally over rated!

  • tamiz

    THINK ABOUT IT…it sounds like a 15 year old made up the story. Doesn’t sound like she made it as a model but her claim to fame may just be at the photographer’s expense. You see it all the time… its all about money…money, money, settle out of court and another career ruined. oh, and another career made!!! The prosecuter of course.
    Remember there are three sides to every story.

  • tamiz

    THINK ABOUT IT…it sounds like a 15 year old made up the story. Doesn’t sound like she made it as a model but her claim to fame may just be at the photographer’s expense. You see it all the time… its all about money…money, money, settle out of court and another career ruined. oh, and another career made!!! The prosecuter of course.
    Remember there are three sides to every story.

  • Anonymous

    I introduced them to each other , Jason to Michelle!
    in laguna beach that was like 99 or 2000 what a trip they are both egomaniacs perfect for each other

  • Anonymous

    I introduced them to each other , Jason to Michelle!
    in laguna beach that was like 99 or 2000 what a trip they are both egomaniacs perfect for each other

  • jennifer

    I had sex with jason ellis. I was dating him for 7 months in Laguna Beach in 2000 through 2001. Kind of nice to know he was seeing someone else now isn’t it. Glad I didn’t wind up with him. I stayed with him at his brothers house in Phoenix Az. That might of been the lipstick I saw on the mirror in the passenger seat of his blazer.

  • jennifer

    I had sex with jason ellis. I was dating him for 7 months in Laguna Beach in 2000 through 2001. Kind of nice to know he was seeing someone else now isn’t it. Glad I didn’t wind up with him. I stayed with him at his brothers house in Phoenix Az. That might of been the lipstick I saw on the mirror in the passenger seat of his blazer.

  • jennifer

    He has a thing for Tony Robins and Dr. Wayne Dyer, and John Kehoe. I read all the books he read from our dates at Barnes and Noble, and the Fashion Mall he took the girl to, and we went and saw the movie Magnolia together.

  • jennifer

    He has a thing for Tony Robins and Dr. Wayne Dyer, and John Kehoe. I read all the books he read from our dates at Barnes and Noble, and the Fashion Mall he took the girl to, and we went and saw the movie Magnolia together.