February 26, 2013 - 5:09 PM
By Shannon Quesnel
Two men were sentenced at Penticton Provincial Court today for paying for sex from an underage girl, who was being used by her father as a prostitute to pay for his drug habit.
Judge Meg Shaw ordered Baldev Singh Toor and Rick Brian Wyatt to pay the complainant $500 each, pay another $500 each to the court and a victim surcharge of $50.
The men were two of four johns identified in a case involving a man prostituting his stepdaughter in Penticton. Both men were charged with communicating for the purpose of prostitution. Wyatt originally faced an additional charge of obtaining sexual services of a person under 18, but that charge was dropped.
The two other johns are former Penticton mayoral candidate Benny Wolfe, 68, and Ken Toovey, 56. Both have already pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining sexual services of a person under the age of 18. Wolfe has been sentenced to seven months in jail and two years probation and Toovey has been sentenced to six months.
The stepfather, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, has still to face sentencing. He is expected in Penticton court on April 15.
Penticton RCMP have said the stepfather sold the girl, then a teenager, for sexual services to feed his drug habit. The woman said she was abused by her stepfather while living in Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Surrey and finally in Penticton. Her stepfather began prostituting her in Surrey and then in Penticton.
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