Ronald Teneycke was found not guilty on three counts of sexual assault for an alleged incident in a remote area near Okanagan Falls two summers ago.
In B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton Friday, Justice James Williams acquitted Teneycke of sexually assaulting a 44-year-old woman at an abandoned pumphouse on July 31, 2011.
Williams said in his decision that both Teneycke and the alleged victim lied in their police statements and during their court testimonies. Although Williams told court that he “strongly suspects” the incident was “non-consensual,” the Crown was unable to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Outside the courthouse afterwards, Teneycke said he felt, “vindicated” following the acquittal. “I spent 15 months in jail for something I didn’t do, you know,” he said. “How would you feel?”