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Sex offender living in Okanagan Falls sent back to jail

A high-risk to reoffend sex offender that moved to Okanagan Falls in August has been sentenced back to jail for a year.

Michael Samoleski was released from custody on Aug. 5 after completing a six-year sentence for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering threats on a sex-trade worker in Saskatchewan in 2006. Samoleski served his full term in prison and in mid-August RCMP issued a notification to let the community know the man was going to live in Okanagan Falls. Amongst his list of conditions that he was to abide by included not to be outside his residence between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for employment purposes.

Samoleski, who RCMP described as having numerous tattoos including a flames on his head, was arrested just over two months later on Oct. 31 for assault. The man was released on bail and then was arrested again on Feb. 9 for a number of breaches.

Samoleski was sentenced on several charges including assault, two counts of failure to comply with condition of undertaking or recognizance and two breach of conditions. One count of robbery was stayed by the Crown, along with three counts of failure to comply. Samoleski was sentenced to one-year in jail but received three months credit for time served.

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