Penticton man pleads guilty to obtaining sexual services from teen

Benny Wolfe enters guilty plea after testifying in trial of man accused of being a pimp for his teenaged stepdaughter

A Penticton man accused of obtaining sexual services from a teen has pled guilty.

On Thursday in the Penticton provincial courthouse, Benjamin Wolfe pled guilty to one count of obtaining sexual services of a person under 18.

Wolfe, who ran for Penticton mayor in the 2008 municipal elections, testified earlier this month at the ongoing trial of a Penticton man who is accused of pimping out his teen stepdaughter and sexually assaulting her.

At the trial, Wolfe admitted he met the teen and her stepfather at the Soupateria and arranged for a weekly date with the teen which he paid $100 for. The dates would take place at his apartment and spanned over an eight-week period until the stepfather was arrested. Wolfe, testified he was told the teen was 18.

Contrary to the teen’s testimony at the start of the stepfather’s trial, in which she said she never engaged in sex with Wolfe, he said they did. Wolfe went into detail during his testimony of a sexual relationship.

The stepfather, whose name is under publication ban to protect the teen, is facing 10 counts and his trial is scheduled to continue on Aug. 1. A pre-sentence report has been ordered for Wolfe, who will next appear in court on Aug. 29 to fix a date for sentencing.