Sagmoen back in court

A man facing numerous charges for allegedly threatening a sex trade worker will be back in a Vernon courtroom on Jan. 11.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36, is facing several charges, including intentionally discharging a firearm and uttering threats to a sex trade worker, in relation to an incident in August.

Sagmoen has been held in custody since his arrest in October, and on Jan. 11 he will either enter a plea or elect the manner in which he will be tried on those charges.

He can select a judge and jury or judge alone.

As has become the case every time Sagmoen appears in court, a group of people gathered on the steps of the Vernon courthouse to protest violence against women.

Comprised mostly of First Nations women, the half-dozen protesters first marched along 30th Avenue carrying a large banner decrying violence against women before arriving at the courthouse Thursday morning.

“We're just here to say that any act of violence against women is not OK,” said protest organizer Megan Louis. “And we're encouraging men to end the violence within themselves and to stand with us and support us in this cause.”

Louis said the protesters were also there to raise awareness that there are still four women missing from the region.

Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell and Caitlin Potts have all gone missing in less than two years from the North Okanagan-Shuswap area.

The remains of Traci Genereaux were found on a farm on Salmon River Road that is owned by Sagmoen's parents.

RCMP said the death of the 18-year-old Vernon woman is being considered, but no connection to Sagmoen has been made.

Louis said the family needs and deserves closure on the death of Genereaux and they plan to hold rallies every time Sagmoen appears in court.

“We're here to seek justice for Traci. We want to know what happened to Traci,” said Louis.  

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