In a cozy southside living room, a 16-year-old girl reflects on a lesson learned before breaking down in tears.
"To make sure you know somebody before you trust them," she says before hiding her face in her hands and sobbing.
The girl recalled a night in late June when she visited a photographer as his Greenwood apartment because he promised he would send the photos of her modeling shoot to agents and magazines and soon her dream of being a model would be realized.
"All I was thinking about was the money and getting famous."
Instead, the girl was given alcohol ("Vodka. 10 shots.") and, according to medical reports, methamphetamine and opiates and was sexually assaulted.
The girl doesn’t remember much of that night.
"It wasn’t like I was asleep," she said. "It was like I just wasn't all there. I was gone and then when I was like aware... he was on top of me."
After participating in more than a dozen photo shoots with the man at a downtown Indianapolis studio, the girl and her mother thought they could trust the photographer even though he gradually suggested racier photos in bikinis and lingerie that mother and daughter thought would land the teen a modeling contract with Victoria's Secrets.
"He said that I had talent and potential and he said that I was getting better and better at my modeling each time I came," said the girl.
"This gentleman preys on single women who take care of their children by themselves," said Deborah McQueen. "Girls that don’t have father figures in their lives."
The day after the photo shoot, the girl passed out. Tests revealed that she had been drugged and assaulted.
"I just did find out that the DNA did match the photographer that she was with that night and that he recorded it... the sexual act... and that he took nude photographs of her," said McQueen.
Assistant Greenwood Police Chief Matt Fillenwarth told Fox 59 News that detectives are continuing their search of the photographer's computer hard drive before charging him.
The girl is homeschooled. She has yet to begin counseling in the aftermath of the assault.
Her mother similarly chokes up when she considers what her daughter has been through.
"And I pray that she can overcome this because he stole her dreams, her smile. He stole her joy. He stole it all from her," said McQueen. "And I can’t give it back to her."