Police believe there may be other victims of Pascal Gerrard
A man has been convicted of three counts of sexual assault after being found guilty of assaulting a young women at a modelling shoot at his photography studio in Fulham.
His victim was prompted to come forward by the Me Too movement after reading about him being acquitted of a similar offence.
Police believe that there may be more victims of 55-year-old Pascal Molliere, also known as Pascal Gerrard, of Enterprise Way, Wandsworth who have yet to come forward and are asking them to get in contact.
Mollliere and the woman initially spoke in July 2010 through a website used by actors to find work and book relevant services. The woman, who was in her twenties at the time of the offence, wanted to be an actress, and had reached out to Molliere as she believed him to be a reputable photographer who could help her produce headshots.
She communicated with him through a messaging service on the website to agree the requirements for the shoot, before speaking briefly on the phone to confirm a date, time and location.
Molliere told the woman that the shoot would last around one hour, cost £400, and that headshots wouldn’t take long to complete. He suggested that she bring alternative clothes, including lingerie, so that he could take some provocative shots for the remainder of the time, suggesting that this would be good for her portfolio.
When the woman came to Molliere’s studio in Fulham, he locked the door behind her. He said this was to protect her privacy and prevent the photoshoot from being interrupted.
As the photoshoot progressed Molliere became increasingly tactile as he suggested positioning for the photos. Initially, the woman believed that Molliere was simply helping her to achieve the best outcome.
She then changed into the clothing Molliere had suggested, some of which he asked her to remove as the photoshoot progressed. Molliere then assaulted the woman by touching her sexually and kissing her.
Molliere continued the photoshoot, asking her to take on poses of a provocative nature. This made her incredibly distressed, but she was too afraid to show this, knowing that the door to the studio was locked and feeling that Molliere was potentially capable of harming her. She completed the photoshoot in order to avoid confrontation.
As she was trying to leave, Molliere suggested that she might attend his home to take part in another photoshoot with other women, which she declined.
Following the shoot, the woman immediately called her boyfriend to tell him what had happened. He contacted Molliere to ask for an explanation, and Molliere promptly refunded the £400 fee for the shoot. It was put forward in court that this was indicative of his guilt.
Some years later, the woman saw an article in the newspaper in relation to the defendant being cleared at court for a series of similar sexual offences. This and the Me Too movement inspired her to report the allegation to the police in 2019.
Molliere was found guilty on Friday, 25 February at Southwark Crown Court of three counts of sexual assault. He will appear for sentencing at the same court on Tuesday, 12 April.
Detective Constable David Roberts, from the Public Protection Unit in the Central West BCU, said, “First and foremost, I would like to commend the survivor of this attack for her incredible bravery and courage. We know that reliving the trauma of incidents like this is horrific for survivors, and the composure she maintained throughout this trial has astounded myself and my team.
“Our primary concern is that there may be more young women who have been subject to the same treatment by Molliere – who now goes by ‘Pascal Gerrard’. It is essential that, if you recognise either of these names and think that you may have been affected in a similar way, you let us know.
“We want everyone to understand that if you do not feel comfortable talking to police then there are a number of ways that you can report sexual assault, or any other crime, completely anonymously. I hope that today’s result demonstrates that the Met will stand with victims of crime.”
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can contact police on 999, 101, or via our website - where you can also find advice and details of charities that can provide support.
You can also speak 100% anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Calls are never traced and computer IP addresses are never tracked.
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March 7, 2022
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