Okanagan Falls Review

Man accused of prostituting teen remains behind bars

A bail hearing is again delayed for a man accused of kidnapping and prostituting a 16-year-old girl online.

Stephen Charlie, 22, is facing charges related to forcing the girl into prostitution, using threats to live off the avails of prostitution, extortion, assault and kidnapping.

The indictment document alleges Charlie forced the girl into a life of prostitution and sold her on the Internet, and then lived off the avails of that prostitution from October 2010 to July 2011.

It also alleges he kidnapped and assaulted the girl on or around Nov. 22, 2010. Around the same date, he is charged with extortion of a man, who like the teen, can’t be named.

The indictment indicates the alleged crimes took place in or near Victoria, although the West Shore RCMP say they took place on the West Shore.

He was charged on Jan. 19 after a year-long investigation led by West Shore RCMP. Charlie also faces unrelated charges involving breaking and entering, assault and robbery in Victoria last May.

A hearing on Thursday was held over for two weeks. Charlie remains in custody at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre and will appear by video in Western Communities Courthouse on March 8, 10 a.m., possibly for a bail hearing.


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