A convicted sex offender was arrested by police in Okanagan Falls on Monday after a report of a sexual assault.
Police took 48-year-old Ronald Arthur Teneycke into custody without incident after the victim provided information that led them to a home on 10th Avenue where they found him. He was charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and failure to comply with a probation order.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said police received a phone call from a frantic woman at an Okanagan Falls pay phone around 12:54 a.m. Monday, stating she had just managed to escape from her attacker in a home in Okanagan Falls.
Investigators believe the woman accepted a ride from a man driving a white Cadillac around 7 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 97 near the Penticton airport. She told police the man drove her to Keremeos and back to Okanagan Falls. The victim told police the man then drove her to a remote cabin near Okanagan Falls, at which time she became concerned for her well-being.
“Teneycke is alleged to have forced the woman into the cabin where she was sexually assaulted and threatened repeatedly with bodily harm,” said Moskaluk. “The woman was then taken to Teneycke’s residence in Okanagan Falls where she managed to maintain her composure and took an opportunity to flee and alert police.”
Teneycke was put behind bars for breaking his probation in November 2009. He pled guilty to three counts of uttering threats, dangerous driving and fleeing a peace officer. He was sentenced to 14 months, but because he was given two-for-one credit for time served, it left him with 90 days to be served on weekends at the police detachment.
Teneycke was released from prison in 2007 after serving time in a federal penitentiary in Alberta for the rape of a teenage girl in the South Okanagan. He also served time for threatening to kill a parole officer at the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre. Shortly after his release in 2007, Teneycke was sent back to jail, pleading guilty for breaching his probation twice.
Teneycke was remanded to a correctional facility and will appear in Penticton courthouse on Aug. 10 via video.