Woman claims photo shoot meeting led to sexual assault

Richard Skoyen of Penticton is charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in July 2017. His B.C. Supreme Court trial began on Wednesday in Kamloops

A South Okanagan man is standing trial this week, accused of raping a Kamloops woman two years ago during a meeting prior to a potential erotic photo shoot.

Richard Skoyen was charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in July 2017. His B.C. Supreme Court trial began on Wednesday in Kamloops.

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Skoyen, from Penticton, was introduced to a 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 had discussions about doing a shoot together,” Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan said in his opening statement. 

“This discussion, certainly there was an exchange of text messages, this did lead to what I expect the complainant will describe as sexting — they were sexting back and forth.”

Court heard the two also discussed how far they were willing to take things sexually.

The pair arranged an in-person meeting in Merritt on July 7, 2017, without the photographer present.

There, 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.

“I really didn’t want that to happen, so I just stopped fighting,” she said. “I was bewildered, in fear it was going to happen again,” she said. “Just shock and disbelief and in pain and emotionally upset.”

It’s not yet known whether Skoyen will take the stand in his own defence.

The trial is expected to conclude on Thursday.

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