September 30, 2013 - 3:14 PM
PENTICTON - An "extremely violent sexual predator's" past caught up with him in Penticton Provincial Court today when he was handed a harsh sentence for minor offences.
Convicted rapist Ronald Arthur Teneycke, 51, appeared by video to hear Judge Gregory Koturbash give him a six-month sentence for breaching probation conditions and for drug possession.
Teneycke was released on a bond on July 31 but was busted a few weeks later for breaking his conditions. A Lakeside Resort and Casino exterior camera videotaped him and a then-17-year-old relative snorting something. The police were informed and they found Teneycke in his truck on Main Street where he was arrested for breaching conditions and for illegal drug possession. He's been in custody ever since.
Teneycke pleaded guilty to both charges and his lawyer James Pennington said the small amount of drugs his client was busted for would have netted other offenders just a fine but the Crown and the judge were having none of that.
Crown prosecutor John Swanson wanted the maximum sentence with strict probation conditions and Koturbash agreed.
"He is an untreated extremely dangerous, extremely violent sexual predator," Swanson says. Teneycke has already been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman for nearly five hours and has served time for other assaults and death threats.
Pennington says not only did his client plead guilty, the amount of methamphetamine he was caught with, a drug Koturbash called "insidious", was small and Teneycke has family issues he needs to be present for. His mother has a terminal illness and could die at any moment. Pennington says his client wishes to be at her side and asked for the sentence to be served intermittently. He said Teneycke is "quite prepared to co-operate" with rehabilitation officials.
Koturbash's counter-argument was the six psychiatric evaluations Teneycke underwent that stated he is 87 per cent likely to re-offend if released. The judge said he appreciated the fact Teneycke's mother is dying but he will give sentence nonetheless.
Teneycke was given 47 days credit for time served and will spend 133 days behind bars. When released he will be on probation for three years under strict conditions. He will give another DNA sample, have no contact with any of his victims, no contact with anyone under age 18 or who appear under the age of 18 and have a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
Koturbash said Teneycke better sleep with a phone or near the door bell. If his probation officer or another law enforcement official comes knocking, he needs to answer the door immediately.
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