Alleged pimp to stand trial

An alleged pimp will stand trial in Kelowna next year after a judge determined the Crown's case against him was strong enough. 

Simon Rypiak, also known as Simon Ross, was arrested in August 2016 for allegedly recruiting young girls from across Canada for his escort business in Kelowna.

Police, who had been investigating Rypiak for almost a full year before his arrest, said they identified nine victims between the ages of 15 and 20.

“Investigators also believe that the accused used physical violence to maintain control of his victims,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey said at the time.

Rypiak is facing 13 charges, including sexual assault, procuring sexual services of a person under 18, assault causing bodily harm and benefiting from sexual services. He is currently out of custody on bail. 

The court heard the Crown's case against Rypiak during a four-day preliminary inquiry last week. A preliminary inquiry is held to determine if the Crown's case is strong enough to proceed to court.

Evidence heard at a preliminary inquiry is protected under a publication ban.

Following the preliminary inquiry, Rypiak was ordered to stand trial. He'll be back in court on Dec. 18 to schedule a trial date.  

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