A Missoula photographer is facing three misdemeanor charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl during a nude photo shoot Sunday.
According his Twitter account, defendant Brian Harold Johnson runs the Missoula Photography School and is the owner of the Glaston Vallhall and Ayres Photography businesses.
Missoula Police Department spokesman Travis Welsh said officers responded earlier this week after the girl’s mother reported the incident. She told them her 16-year-old daughter had responded to an advertisement on Instagram posted by Johnson offering to take nude photos.
The girl told 42-year-old Johnson that she was 16 years old, police said. The age of consent in Montana is 16.
During the photo shoot in his studio on the 300 block of West Broadway, Johnson allegedly slapped the girl’s backside three times.
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He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Missoula County jail. He was released shortly thereafter on a $300 bond.
He also appeared in Missoula Municipal Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty.
The Missoulian attempted to contact Johnson for comment, but several numbers listed on his websites have been changed or disconnected.
An email sent to Johnson wasn’t returned.