Guilty verdict in sexual assault trial

Richard Skoyen of Penticton was convicted of sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred in Merritt on July 7, 2017

A South Okanagan man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a Kamloops woman two years ago during a meeting prior to a potential erotic photo shoot.

Richard Skoyen of Penticton was convicted of sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred in Merritt on July 7, 2017.

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Skoyen, from Penticton, was introduced to the Kamloops woman by a photographer who takes erotic shots.

The woman, whose name is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication, had asked the photographer to set her up with a man for a photo shoot.

The accused and the complainant discussed doing a shoot together as well as how far they were willing to take things sexually, court heard.

Upon meeting in person, the woman said Skoyen crossed her line of consent almost immediately, forcing intercourse on her.

Through tears on the witness stand, she said he called her names and threatened to take matters even further.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan is expected to fix a date for sentencing in July.

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