Penticton trial date confirmed for convicted sex offender

A convicted sex offender arrested after a report of a sexual assault near Okanagan Falls last August now has a trial date.

A convicted sex offender arrested after a report of a sexual assault near Okanagan Falls last August now has a trial date.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke is scheduled for a nine-day trial on Nov. 19 in Penticton Supreme Court on three charges of sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and failure to comply with a probation order.

RCMP previously told the Penticton Western that they received a phone call from a “frantic” woman at an Okanagan Falls pay phone around 12:54 a.m. on Aug. 1. The woman told police she had just managed to escape from her attacker.

Investigators believed the woman accepted a ride from a man driving a white Cadillac that evening near the Penticton airport and was taken to Keremeos then back to Okanagan Falls. The victim told RCMP the man then drove her to a remote cabin near Okanagan Falls at which time she became concerned for her well-being.

RCMP said at the time of Teneycke’s arrest it is alleged he forced the woman into the cabin where she was sexually assaulted and threatened repeatedly with bodily harm.

The woman was then taken to Teneycke’s residence in Okanagan Falls and found an opportunity to flee to alert police.

Teneycke has been in custody since he was arrested in August. The convicted sex offender was released from prison in 2007 after serving federal time 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, Tenecyke was sent back to jail for breaching his probation twice.

The 48-year-old man was then put back in jail in November 2009 for breaching his probation and pleading 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.

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