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Authorities: Photographer drugged, raped young women

Local police and the FBI are looking for other women who may have been victimized.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2019 12:13 PM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2019 12:36 PM

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities in Oregon say a professional photographer has been indicted on more than 30 charges, including rape, after he allegedly brought young women and girls to a rural property and drugged and assaulted them.

At a news conference Wednesday Yamhill District Attorney Brad Berry said local police and the FBI are looking for other women who may have been victimized by 52-year-old Robert A. Koester, who is in custody in California. Koester was already facing similar charges in San Diego County involving four teenage girls.

In Oregon, a grand jury indicted Koester on 32 counts related to four victims - one a minor and three young adults. The charges include first-degree rape.

Berry said multiple images had been recovered from Koester's property and that he would bring women and young girls from other states to Oregon.

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