A Newcastle photographer will stand trial next year accused of sexually assaulting young women during modelling sessions.
Robert John Eyre, 55, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Thursday where he formerly pleaded not guilty to eight charges involving six women.
Judge Roy Ellis ordered Eyre to stand trial on June 15, 2020, on four counts of sexual intercourse without consent, two counts of indecent assault, one count of assault and one count of procuring a person for prostitution.
Judge Ellis said he would continue Eyre’s bail until a case management conference was held before the trial on April 23.
Eyre, from Gateshead near Newcastle, was arrested by detectives in September 2018.
One of his alleged victims was a 17-year-old girl.
Eyre’s website for his company, Rob Eyre Photography, says he is a Newcastle-based photographer “with experience in all formats of photography, model portfolios, fashion, editorial, product and a passion for dancer photography”.
He is the second Newcastle photographer to be charged in the past two years with sexually assaulting women during modelling sessions.
Allan Todd Cameron, 56, was initially charged in October 2017 with indecently and sexually assaulting three women at his Gateshead studio over five years.
He now faces a total of 36 charges allegedly involving 14 women, including eight counts of sexual intercourse without consent, five counts of sexually assaulting a person under 16, and one count of kidnapping a woman to obtain an advantage.
Cameron has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will face a District Court trial in early 2020.
He had run the company Primeval Edge, where he claimed to be a “specialist people photographer” with his photo sessions being all about fun.
“I have a simple philosophy to image creation, leaving the viewer wanting more,” Cameron said on one website featuring photographers.
His own website has been shut down.