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Sex assault charges in separate case stayed against Japanese student’s accused killer

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A sexual assault charge has been stayed against William Victor Schneider — the man who is also accused of killing a Japanese exchange student in Vancouver almost a year ago.

The charge was in relation to a case separate from that of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa.

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That stay means he won’t appear in court over an alleged sexual assault that was said to have happened in September 2016.

Crown entered the stay of proceedings last week.

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Schneider still faces charges of second-degree murder and indignity to a human body in connection with Kogawa’s death.

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Thirty-year-old Kogawa was reported missing on Sept. 12, 2016 by a close friend.

Her body was found in Gabriola Mansion, located at Davie Street and Nicola Street in Vancouver, later that month.

The RCMP arrested Schneider in Vernon on the same day that Kogawa’s body was found.

-With files from Amy Judd

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