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Okanagan sex offender arrested on outstanding warrants

Rene Mark Burke, a convicted sex offender, was arrested on outstanding warrants earlier this month.
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October 31, 2014 - 3:44 PM

TWO MEN ARRESTED UNDER B.C. FUGITIVE RETURN PROGRAM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A man convicted of sexual touching in a Penticton court last summer has been arrested by Kamloops RCMP and returned to Ontario on outstanding warrants, while another man with outstanding warrants stemming from an alleged domestic incident was arrested in the North Okanagan and returned to Alberta.

Rene Marc Bernard Burke, aka March Anthony Joseph Thibeault, was convicted In July 2013 on sexual touching and two counts of breach of an undertaking. The charges stemmed from an incident where Burke had a young male move in with him, removed him from his family and used the victim for his sexual gratification. Burke went as far as having the teen transferred from one school to another without the family’s knowledge.

Burke was sentenced to 43 months in prison by a provincial court judge in Penticton. He had already served 20.5 months in custody and was set to serve 22.5 months in jail.

At the time it was expected he would be returned to Ontario following his jail time because of outstanding warrants from Sarnia Police Service for five counts of sexual exploitation, sexual assault, uttering threats to cause bodily harm, assault and two counts of failure to comply with probation for offences allegedly occurring in 2008-2009.

Following his release, Kamloops RCMP did arrest Burke on the outstanding warrants and on Oct. 23 he was returned to Ontario.

Also arrested and transferred recently was Lance John Conroy. Conroy was wanted by Didsbury RCMP in Alberta for numerous offences stemming from a May 2012 incident. Among the many laid against him were charges were assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, overcoming resistance by attempting to choke, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, uttering threats to harm an animal and failure to appear.

Conroy was arrested on Oct. 24 by North Okanagan RCMP and returned to Alberta Oct. 30.

These arrests bring the total number of fugitives transferred out of B.C. to 35 this year, and 89 since the inception of the program in 2012.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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