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Possible bail for Sagmoen

A man facing numerous charges in relation to assaults on sex trade workers will know next week if he will be granted bail.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 37, will be in a Vernon court room on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. to see if he has been granted bail.

Sagmoen is facing charges from two separate incidents where he allegedly assaulted women working in the sex trade.

Sagmoen has been held in custody since his arrest in October, 2017 on charges he threatened a prostitute with a firearm in August, 2017. Those charges include intentionally discharging a firearm and uttering threats.

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 and earlier this year Sagmoen was 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."

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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