South Okanagan convicted sex offender back behind bars on drug charges

Okanagan Falls man, Ronald Arthur Teneycke, faces charges of breach of conditions and possession of methamphetamine.

A convicted sex offender from Okanagan Falls, who is arguing he has served his time and should be allowed his freedom, is back behind bars.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke, whose parole documents indicate he is a high risk for both violent and sexual recidivism, was arrested on Aug. 14 for a breach of his conditions imposed by the court and possession of a controlled substance.

In a document related to these two new charges obtained at the Penticton courthouse registry, Teneycke is alleged to have  failed to comply with an order to not be in possession of drug paraphernalia and to abstain from the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs.

The second count alleges that he was in possession of methamphetamine.

Teneycke, 51, has a long criminal history including a conviction for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement of an Okanagan Falls teenager and two counts of uttering threats that put him in jail for 12 years.

His most recent conviction came in 2010 for dangerous driving, fleeing a police officer and three counts of uttering threats.

He was sentenced to 14 months in jail and the maximum probation of three years. Just as Teneycke’s probation was coming to an end, an application by the Crown was put forward in June for a Section 810.2 order.

Although it is not a criminal charge, if approved by a judge it is a way Crown counsel can restrict and control for up to two years a person who they fear will commit a serious offence.

Crown presented the 810.2 application and the judge imposed nine bail conditions on him until the hearing on the application is complete.

During an appearance in court earlier this month on the application, defence counsel Michael Welsh argued Teneycke had complied with all of his conditions since his conviction in 2010.

The judge did mention Teneycke had a “considerable hiccup” last year when he was charged with the sexual assault of a Penticton woman then acquitted at trial.

Teneycke made it known he does not want the 810.2 conditions imposed on him because he wants to move to an acreage in rural Oliver.

He currently lives with and takes care of his elderly mother in Okanagan Falls and he wants the freedom to be able to go between the two places in case she needs his assistance. It is likely conditions under the 810.2 wouldn’t allow that.

Teneycke’s next appearance in court is scheduled for Aug. 28 to give his plea on the breach of conditions and possession of methamphetamine charges.