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New charge against man at centre of Salmon Arm-area farm search where woman’s body found

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, whose family farm was at the centre of a massive police search last year, is facing a new criminal charge, this one for mischief under $5,000.

The new charge against Sagmoen, 37, was laid last week but pertains to something that happened last July 19 in Falkland, which is about 25 km away from Sagmoen’s family farm near the town of Silver Creek.

He is to appear in court in Vernon this morning for his first appearance on the mischief charge.

In late January, was charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon for an incident on Aug. 10, 2017, and assault relating to another incident on July 1, 2017.

Some information about these assault charges have been previously reported in the media, but Sagmoen attended a bail hearing in Vernon court on Wednesday in connection with these assault charges and any details discussed are now protected by a publication ban.

Sagmoen’s name was first in the news in October, when he was charged with pointing a firearm, uttering threats and disguising his face with intent to commit an offence in relation to an alleged attack on a sex-trade worker near his family’s farm on Aug. 28, 2017.

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In October, major crime investigators did a large-scale search on the farm and the remains of missing woman, 18-year-old Traci Genereaux, were discovered. The 24-acre farm belongs to Sagmoen’s parents and he was known to have lived in a trailer parked on the property.

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No charges have been laid in relation to Genereaux’s death.

In the ensuing investigation, police said they became made aware of a number of allegations of violence against Okanagan-area sex workers. The investigation into these allegations continues.

Genereaux is one of at least five women missing from that area of B.C.

Sagmoen is scheduled to return to Vernon court again on Feb. 19.

lculbert@postmedia.com

Twitter: @loriculbert

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