Mom Confronts Ray McBerry Over Modeling Photo Shoot

Randy Travis from Fox 5 out of Atlanta reported a story of a mom, Malena Gooch, who confronted two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry over a modeling shoot of her 18 year-old daughter, Kayla Gooch:

“I took it she would be doing some local commercials in Henry County.” Malena Gooch told Fox 5 I-Team reporter Randy Travis

[The scheduler, Tara O’Neill,] messaged her big client was Ray McBerry, the owner of KBN television in McDonough. Kayla [Gooch] went by herself to meet at his office. She says McBerry suggested a modeling shoot at High Falls Park.

“I was kind of excited, you know, because mostly I’ve never modeled before, said Kayla. “So I was like, oh, this is going to be fun. This is going to be so cool. But it got kind of weird when he told me I couldn’t take anybody with me.”

You can view and read the story over at Fox 5’s website. Interestingly enough, a Professional Photographers of America spokesman told Fox 5 that it’s a good idea for a third person to be at a photo shoot if the model is a teenager, so caveat emptor and use good sense. The news channel also said that there is another 18 year-old with a similar story and will be reporting that later in the week.


  1. TheEiger says:

    I remember a lot people throwing Karen Handel under the bus in 2010 because she refused to appear on stage with this ass. Well, he is still out there on the prowl when he should be in jail.

  2. John Konop says:

    If the story was not bizarre enough….. if true this takes it to a new level of inappropriate behavior…..pretending to be a female modeling scout…….

    …………But guess who created Ray McBerry. So we tried to find Tara O’Neill. Girls of Dixie Modeling is not incorporated… has no clients, phone number or physical address listed on the site. In fact… the only employee named is Tara.

    In her complaint to McDonough police, Malena Gooch said “I’m 98 percent sure Tara O’Neill and Ray McBerry (are) the same person.”

    When the Fox 5 I-Team asked McBerry if he and Tara are the same person, he said no.

    “So how do you know Tara O’Neill,” Randy Travis asked. “She’s done scheduling for our, for my shoots for I don’t know, several years,” McBerry said.

    “Have you ever met her?”

    “Yes I have,” McBerry said.

    “What does she look like?”

    “I’m going in to do my appointment with my client,” McBerry said and refused to provide any way to contact the mysterious modeling agency talent scout………..

    • Girls of Dixie? Gag.

      “There’s no cost to apply, so what are you waiting for?!” Yep – that sounds legit.

      From the application: “Bust Measure (with cup size)” and “Bust (natural or enhanced?”. This is just a gross phish-ing site for…well.

      GBI, please do something about this guy.

      • dsean says:

        He’s gross, but what’s the crime? Hiring of-age models to do gross photoshoots isn’t a crime, it’s “art” (see e.g. Terry Richardson).

        [I actually have no idea who this guy is, so if there is an actual criminal act, have at him, but this story is basically “pervy guy with camera seeks to photograph young attractive women.” Or as some would say, “dog bites man.”]

        • WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

          He has a history of an improper relationship between teacher and high school age student at another school that resulted in him giving up his teaching certificate and still tried to run for Governor. He was a church leader at the girl’s church and submitted that he was just ministering to her needs. Possibly wore sheets on Saturday nights as well.

            • TheEiger says:

              Find a way to put him in jail. He is a predator. There are other girls out there and people like him never stop. It only gets worst.

              • dsean says:

                But thus far he hasn’t done anything illegal, right? Sounds like he was skeevy with a girl he used to teach, but there doesn’t appear to be any illegality to it.

                He’s creepy. He should be named and shamed, but why encourage the power of the state to target an individual for punishment for creepy actions that don’t break a law?

                • TheEiger says:

                  I guess we could just wait until he finds a 13 year old right? Some people need defending. Ray McBerry does not. You see nothing wrong with what he did? You don’t think that this is worth looking into? You don’t believe that this is a sign of a sexual predator.

                  • dsean says:

                    Yes, I generally think people should be punished for crimes they actually commit, not ones they might potentially commit at some point in the future.

                    And to be clear, I’m not defending McBerry. Shame away. He’s a sleaze. Advise parents to keep their daughters away from him. Tell his community about how sketchy he is. Put flyers on the cars in his church parking lot telling everyone what a creep he is. Thus far, though, it doesn’t appear that he’s a criminal.

                • So… does kissing and fondling underage girls in your SUNDAY SCHOOL class count?

                  “A girl to whom McBerry taught Sunday School had told investigators that she and McBerry, who also taught high school in Henry County outside Atlanta, had struck up a relationship, and that she had developed “romantic” feelings for him. She said that he had “kissed her and had fondled her breasts,” and that he had given her a cellphone so she could call him.

                  The girl’s parents had subsequently tried to have McBerry arrested, and a judge warned him not to have any contact with the girl for six months. But McBerry was seen again meeting with the girl, though they were in separate cars. McBerry admits that when questioned about this by school administrators, he deliberately lied about the meeting, out of “panic.””

                  • dsean says:

                    Again, he’s a creep, but that’s not illegal. If the girl was under 16, then it’s a crime (it’s unclear from your link). If she’s under 14, then it’s an aggravated felony. My objection isn’t in defense of McBerry. I’m all for naming and shaming him, disgracing his supposed photography business, and generally making it impossible for him to show his face in public. My objection is to calling out the GBI on some random F-list politico for being a skeezey pseudo-photographer who offers to take photos of young adult women. It’s sleazy, but not criminal.

            • Three Jack says:


              What’s the GBI supposed to do you ask? Nothing. Same thing they should do when a responsible father decides to whip McBerry’s arse to a bloody pulp.

    • Will Durant says:

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  3. drjay says:

    wasn’t there some yahoo on here a couple weeks ago parroting old mcberry themes, and saying he was proud to do so and that ray had been “exonerated” in some way an right all along? wonder where that cat is now?

  4. Doug Deal says:

    I’ve been watching Big Love on HBO Go and the appeal of this 46 year old child victimizer to these slack jawed inbreeds is eerily similar.

    I suspect these charges will do nothing more than circle their wagons ever more tightly.

  5. SingingLawyer says:

    McCreepy is a sexual predator who should be in jail. It probably won’t be long before he meets the business end of some irate father’s shotgun.

  6. “Please Jesus, protect me from your followers.”

    Sheesh the Judge Judy Pitchfork crowd is out in full force tonight!

    1. If you want to keep potential teen lovers out of church, then abolish sunday school because that is where most predators wind up. Parents and Preacher, that should be all the contact a child needs from that mess of myth.

    2. This is a non story. The alleged fondling of a 13 year old was obviously not provable. Even a judge wrist slapped him because of the allegation.

    3. I have seen the posters in this forum gleefully dissect using the same vague and vitriolic judgements to two up and coming Republican House members this season. You did not learn the lesson of Kingston yet. People tire of politics as usual. Even more so, there is nothing political about this post. It’s what we call in Texas a Sh*t bucket, only good for holding smelly crap and drawing flies.

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