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Photographer arrested for sexual assault

September 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A photographer from Riverside County has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and production of child pornography.Authorities took 52-year-old Paul Lee Michaels into custody on Wednesday.

They were acting on a tip that Michaels had photographed a 17-year-old female in the nude and had sex with her during the photo shoots in the Lake Hills area.

Michaels was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of rape by force or fear, oral copulation and sexual penetration with an object. He has been released on $50,000 bail.

Authorities seized several items from his home, including computers, camera equipment and video recordings.

The investigation is still ongoing.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 955-2600.

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