Craigslist is rife with sketchy ads looking for young aspiring models to pose for photos — “no pay, but great exposure and the perfect way to start your portfolio…” And if you’ve ever considered answering one, the following story might make you think twice — and then think again.
Nigel Brent Wilkinson would approach his subjects on Instagram, inviting hopeful male models over to his house under the pretense of “photo shoots.” Then, he’d surreptitiously spike their drinks and have sex with them as they lay unconscious.
Pink News reports that the 43-year-old has confessed to two counts of rape, three counts of using a drug with the intention to rape, and two counts of possession of an illegal substance.
In Bristol Crown Court he was sentenced to 11-and-half years behind bars.
“On the surface, Nigel Wilkinson was a photographer with an interest in male fitness models,” Detective Con Stacey Matthews explained to the court. “In private, he was a cunning sexual offender who used his photography enterprise as a cover and catalyst for his deviant activities.”
The men would often stay at his home and throughout their visit he would ply them with alcoholic drinks, some of which were laced with sedatives.“While they were in a drugged state, Wilkinson’s predatory nature would prevail and he’d commit sexual acts on them without their consent.”
One truly unreal detail: Police were paying a visit to Wilkinson’s home following one man’s report of what happened to him — and that’s when they found a second victim lying unconscious on the sofa.
Since then, a third victim has contacted police.
“We believe there’ll be more victims who haven’t yet come forward,” Detective Matthews says, “and I’d urge them to do so.”