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Beauty pageant contestant charged in Vancouver riot

A beauty pageant contestant has gone from elated to embarrassed after being charged Wednesday in connection with last June's Stanley Cup riot in Downtown Vancouver.

Sophie LaBoissonniere, 20, who graduated from R.A. McMath secondary in 2009, was among 25 mostly Lower Mainland residents charged yesterday.

It was just three months prior to the June 15 riot that LaBoissonniere wrote about her Miss World Canada aspirations in her blog.

"One word...EXASPERATED. Nah, I'm totally kidding. The word I'm looking for is ELATED!! Why am I feeling this way you ask? Maybe because I found a sponsor that is willing to pay the majority of my entry fee for Miss World Canada," she wrote on March 29.

And last January, she wrote in a different blog about how she was "proud of myself" at being crowned Miss Congeniality at the Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant, just her third pageant.

LaBoissonniere is scheduled to make her first appearance in Vancouver provincial court on Dec. 14 after charges were sworn against her this week.

LaBoissonniere did not respond to interview requests left via her YouTube and Facebook accounts.

In a YouTube video she posted in 2010 (http://tinyurl.com/suspectedrioter), LaBoissonniere joked around with a fellow contestants for Miss Teen World Canada.

"We are very encouraged by the approval of these 61 charges and we will continue to work closely with the special prosecution team as even more charges are expected in the coming days and weeks," Vancouver police Insp. Les Yeo said in a press release.

According to Yeo, each report on each suspected rioter is more than 500 pages in length.

And he said investigators are in the midst of finalizing the next batch of charges to be forwarded to the Crown for charge approval in the coming weeks.

“We are now another step closer to holding suspected rioters accountable for their actions on June 15," he said.

Crown counse approved 61 charges against a total of 25 suspected rioters. Nine are from Surrey, two from Burnaby, two from Maple Ridge, eight from Vancouver, one each from Richmond, North Vancouver, Delta and Seattle.

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