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More Sagmoen charges

More charges have been filed against Curtis Wayne Sagmoen.

Sagmoen is already facing numerous charges in relation to an incident last year where he allegedly threatened a sex trade worker with a firearm.

Those charges include intentionally discharging a firearm and uttering threats.

On Wednesday, police confirmed he is facing additional criminal charges involving alleged violent acts against sex trade workers.

Following an extensive investigation at a farm on Salmon River Road, which is owned by Wayne and Evelyn Sagmoen, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said police were made aware of a number of allegations of violence by Okanagan-area female sex workers.

Sagmoen has now been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident on Aug. 10, 2017, and assault stemming from an incident that occurred on or about July 1, 2017.

“The new charges involve two different victims working as online escorts who used backpage.com to advertise their services," said Moskaluk. "The victims attended to locations in close proximity to 2290 Salmon River Rd., Salmon Arm in response to inquiries on their ads where the alleged offences then occurred."

Sagmoen is scheduled to appear in a Vernon court on the new charges Feb. 19. 

“We appreciate the co-operation and information received to date from those who have been canvassed, in particular the women involved in the North Okanagan area sex workers community,” said Moskaluk. “We believe there are other victims and witnesses to similar unreported incidents and are requesting that they come forward in order to assist us and so that we can assist them.”

While searching the farm, police found the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux, who was reported missing last year.

No charges have been laid in her death, which is being treated as suspicious. Police have made no connection between Sagmoen and Genereaux's death.

Police have asked anyone with information regarding similar incidents to contact the Southeast District Major Crime Unit tip line at 1-877-987-8477.



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