Curtis Sagmoen was back in custody Wednesday, after being arrested for breaching his probation.
According to court records, the North Okanagan man faces three counts of breaching probation order from an incident that occurred April 26 in Vernon.
The allegations are that he possessed and used a mobile communication device and possessed drugs, contrary to his probation orders.
The charges were sworn in court just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday and he was released from custody on Wednesday afternoon under several conditions.
Sagmoen’s trial for assaulting a peace officer ended earlier this week, with Crown counsel staying the charge.
“In this case, after a careful review of all of the available evidence, the assessing Crown concluded the standard was no longer met and directed a stay of proceedings,” Dan McLaughlin from the B.C. Prosecution Service said.
McLaughlin did not say what specifically changed from the point charges were laid until Tuesday. He just said the standard to determine whether the Crown will go to trial on a charge is a substantial likelihood of conviction and, if so, whether the public interest requires a prosecution.
The North Okanagan man was accused of assaulting a police officer in October 2020. During Sagmoen’s pretrial, his lawyer told the court the assault was alleged to have occurred after police entered a property, having already determined reasonable and probable grounds for an arrest on an allegation of breach of probation.
Sagmoen was not, however, facing a breach of probation charge.
Sagmoen’s legal issues have generated a lot of public attention since the remains of a missing teen, 18-year-old Traci Genereaux, were found on Sagmoen’s family farm in 2017.
No one has been charged in connection with her death.
The North Okanagan man has been convicted of assault causing bodily harm and using a firearm during an offence, in cases where the victims were sex trade workers.
In recent weeks, RCMP issued a press release saying that Sagmoen, 41, who resides in the Salmon River Road area, is bound by a court-imposed probation order, a condition of which specifies that he “must not have any contact in any way with any sex trade workers.”
“It has come to our attention that there may be sex workers, new to the area, who are not aware of this individual,” Const. Chris Terleski of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in the release.
“In the interest of their safety, we are once again advising anyone who receives a request for sex-related services in the area of Salmon River Road, not attend the area, and contact police immediately.”
– with files from Megan Turcato