Judge reserves decision in case involving photo shoot plans

The complainant claims the accused sexually assaulted her, despite a previous text conversation in which she told him how far she was willing to go sexually

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has reserved her decision following the trial of a South Okanagan man accused of sexually assaulting a Kamloops woman during a meeting ahead of a potential erotic photo shoot.

Richard Skoyen of Penticton is charged sexual assault, the allegation stemming from an incident in July 2017.

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Court heard Skoyen and the complainant, whose identity is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication, met through a photographer who creates erotic works. Skoyen and the complainant discussed doing a shoot together.

The two engaged in “sexting,” court heard, before agreeing to meet in person in Merritt.

In her testimony, the woman said Skoyen forced intercourse on her despite a previous text conversation in which she told him how far she was willing to go sexually.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan has reserved her decision. Lawyers will return to court on May 27 to set a date for a decision.

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