Jason James Ellis, Famed Photographer Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old Girl, Marries Her

Jason James Ellis

' photographs have graced the covers of

Elle

,

Maxim

and numerous muscle and fitness magazines but more than the 36-year-old's telephoto lens graced the loins of a 15-year-old girl, alleges the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), which in

March

2008 charged the famed Newport Beach photographer with statutory rape.

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Ellis' former fiancée had also been accused of sexually assaulting the girl, but the OCDA later dropped charges against her.

Now comes the strangest twist of all: Ellis has reportedly married the rape victim.

Joseph Serna gets the scoop for the Daily Pilot.

Ellis is alleged to have carried on a sexual relationship with the unidentified girl in 2007 and 2008. She is now 18. The Pilot chose not to identify her because she may have been the victim of a crime.

Serna reports the now-woman (and -wife) has stopped cooperating with authorities in their felony case against (now-husband) Ellis. But the case apparently trudges on: He's due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on May 20.

Perhaps he'll be back from his honeymoon by then.

The photographer faces six felonies, including lewd acts on a child and unlawful sexual intercourse. He could get up to seven years in state prison if convicted. (Tip should Ellis wind up there: avoid the darkroom.)


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