Curtis Sagmoen takes a smoke break during the start of his latest trial Monday, Feb. 10. (Morning Star photo)

Escort recounts frightening story in Okanagan Sagmoen trial

Woman says she was hit by a quad so hard it flipped her over it

An escort who was called to a Salmon River Road property and “run over” with an ATV gave her statement in Supreme Court Monday.

The woman was the first witness called to the high-profile trial of Curtis Sagmoen. The North Okanagan man faces two charges of assault that allegedly took place near Falkland in August 2017.

While the trial was expected to last five days, Crown counsel anticipates it will be wrapped up by lunch time Tuesday.

READ MORE: Rally underway ahead of Curtis Sagmoen assault trial

Much of Monday was spent hearing from an Okanagan escort, who said she was hit from behind by an ATV, flipping her over it and landing face first.

The woman said her services were requested for three or four hours on Aug. 10, 2017, which she said would cost approximately $900-1,200.

When she went to the property, no one was home. She described the property as “sketchy” with “No Trespassing” and “Keep Out” signs.

“I was uncomfortable so I backed out of there,” said the woman whose identity is protected by a publication ban.

She said she saw an ATV go by and texted the client, who said it was him and asked her to follow him down to a creek. Not able to get her car down the narrow path, she was asked to walk down and grab a bottle from the back of his ATV.

She did and was offered a drink, which she refused.

“He pretended to have a sip and put it in his pocket and said it was a sipping booze.”

She was asked for her services, but declined at the edge of the creek because she had not yet been paid, which is normal in her business.

He asked her to follow him up a dirt road to his house, but her car got stuck so they continued up in the ATV. At one point they stopped and feeling uneasy about the situation, she asked to be brought back to her car.

She told the court room the man pretended like the ATV would not start, so she told him she would walk back down the hill.

“I knew his quad didn’t break down but he was pretending like it had broke down.”

While walking, she heard the quad start up and moved to the edge of the road to let it pass.

“Instead of going by me, he hit me square from behind. He hit me so hard I flipped over him.”

While she is thankful she didn’t lose consciousness, she says she suffered a concussion, a broken tail bone, road rash up the back of her legs, many bruises and a lump on the back of her head.

“I just remember hearing the crack when the quad hit the back of my head,” she said.

When she stood up, he seemed “surprised” and she asked why he would do that. He responded that he didn’t mean to.

“He had hit me so hard that I couldn’t find my shoes and I couldn’t find my keys which were in my hand at the time.”

She found her keys and headed back down towards her car, walking backwards because she was scared to turn her back to him.

When she reached her car, he asked her to follow him again.

But at the end of the road, when he turned one way, she went the other and headed straight home.

“I personally didn’t find him intimidating until he ran me over,” she said, adding that in her profession she has never been given a reason to be afraid of anybody and nothing bad had ever happened to her.

In December, Sagmoen, 38, was found guilty of threatening a sex-trade worker with a firearm in August 2017, but he was released on time served. He was also given 36 months of probation with strict conditions.

Conditions of Sagmoen’s probation order include no contact with sex trade workers, or the complainant and he has been banned from websites advertising or soliciting escort services.

Sagmoen’s family property became the subject of an extensive search in the fall of 2017 and the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux were discovered.

No charges have been laid in connection with Genereaux’s death.

In an unrelated case stemming from a 2013 incident in Maple Ridge, Sagmoen pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation in Feb. 2019.


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Geotechnical work set to get underway at Rossland Museum

Crews will be working at the museum from June 1 to 12

Trail Smoke Eaters owner awaits word on BCHL future

Smoke Eaters owner Rich Murphy is hopeful that the BCHL will return to the ice in the fall

City of Rossland asks motorists to be mindful of four bears roaming around Trail hill

The bears have been seen multiple times along the highway this month

Young farmers find a home through land-matching program

Young Agrarians links would-be farmers with landowners who have land to spare

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch

The NHL unveiled a return-to-play plan that would feature 24 teams

B.C. sees 9 new COVID-19 cases, one death as officials watch for new cases amid Phase Two

Number of confirmed active cases is at 244, with 37 people in hospital

Nanaimo senior clocked going 50 km/hr over limit says her SUV shouldn’t be impounded

RCMP say they can’t exercise discretion when it comes to excessive speeding tickets

Illicit-drug deaths up in B.C. and remain highest in Canada: chief coroner

More than 4,700 people have died of overdoses since B.C. declared a public health emergency in early 2016

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

B.C. Paralympian named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time world and Paralympic gold medalist Sonja Gaudet is part of 11-member class

Restorative pole project underway in Edgewood

The pole was made almost 50 years ago to pay respect to local First Nations

Most Read