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Curtis Sagmoen fired after being revealed to work at LNG site in Kitimat

Curtis Sagmoen leaves the Vernon court house Sept. 9, 2019.
September 16, 2021 - 9:43 AM

A North Okanagan man convicted for assaulting sex workers has been fired from his job at an LNG construction site after it came to light he was employed there.

A Terrace community organization Matriarchs in Training first announced via Facebook that offender Curtis Sagmoen was employed at an LNG site in Kitimat.

“A member of (Matriarchs in Training) was approached with information, confirming that Curtis Sagmoen was working at an LNG campsite, as they had family contacts that were working in the same camp as him. We are forever grateful for the tip, as well as grateful that this individual had trust in us to spread the much-needed news within our communities,” said Hilary Lightening with the organization.

Matriarchs in Training is focused on raising awareness and advocating for Indigenous issues especially for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and kin, she said.

LNG has since released a statement, that did not directly name Sagmoen, saying it is “aware of the concerns” of an individual recently employed by a subcontractor at the project construction site. The person has been “removed from the site and has left the community."

The statement was shared by Matriarchs in Training, Sept. 15.

Lightening said the lack of security and criminal checks by subcontractors is extremely worrisome and assumes LNG’s statement was about Sagmoen.

"We feel that the social media pressure helped bring this issue to light and forced LNG to act quickly," Lightening said.

Kitimat City Centre Mall was also vandalized with spray paint saying “LNG hires serial killers.”

Sagmoen is facing a single count of assault against a police officer and the trial is set to take place next year.

READ MORE: Curtis Sagmoen gets Vernon trial date for assaulting a cop

Sagmoen was convicted in December 2019 for ambushing a sex worker but was released from custody on strict two-year probation conditions since he already spent more than two years in custody awaiting trial.

In February 2019, he was convicted again for driving into a sex worker on a quad bike. He was sentenced to time already served.

In 2017, Traci Genereaux’s body was found on the Sagmoen family property. No charges have been laid in relation to her death and police have not said how she died.

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