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Judge denies bail for serial offender

Convicted sex offender Ronald Teneycke, who is living in Okanagan Falls, was arrested by Penticton RCMP in the early morning hours of March 13. - Western News file photo
Convicted sex offender Ronald Teneycke, who is living in Okanagan Falls, was arrested by Penticton RCMP in the early morning hours of March 13.
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A Penticton judge has denied bail for a convicted sex offender who was arrested in a rural area near Okanagan Falls and is now facing nine charges.

In front of Ronald Arthur Teneycke’s family, who were visibly distraught at the decision, Judge Gale Sinclair said it was for the concern of the public and for the man himself.

“I have dealt with him a number of times and I have given Mr. Teneycke some breaks and every opportunity to right the listing ship,” said Sinclair. “Apparently he can’t, or will not, comply with his conditions of various orders and he is potentially dangerous man.”

Teneycke is facing three breach of conditions charges, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and four other driving related and failure to stop for police offences. RCMP previously told the Western News that Teneycke was arrested in the early morning hours of March 13 on a rural road, but due to publication bans cannot be released.

“This is an unfortunate situation that blew out of proportion,” said Teneycke’s lawyer Michael Welsh.

Teneycke was released recently after spending time in jail for a breach of conditions and possession of methamphetamine conviction in October. Crown counsel during his sentencing called Teneycke an “extremely violent sexual predator” with a lengthy criminal history. Upon his release from his most recent charges, Teneycke was given a three year probation with conditions including a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Teneycke previously spent 12 years in a federal prison, most of those for a sexual assault with a weapon on a 17-year-old Okanagan Falls female in 1993.

Since his release from prison on that matter he has been in and out of jail for breaches, including a 2010 conviction that resulted in a 14-month jail term and the maximum probation of three years.

 

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