A North Okanagan man has been declared a long term offender.
The designation covers sexual and violent offenders who are likely to re-offend.
48 year old Joseph Vance Caron was convicted in 2015 of sexual assault, choking, and threatening a 21 year old Armstrong woman who was suffering from mental issues.
This week in BC Supreme Court in Kelowna, Caron was given a six year, three month sentence.
After receiving credit for time served, he will be behind bars another two years.
“At the completion of his custodial sentence he will also be subject to a long term supervision order,” says Crown counsel spokesman Dan McLaughlin. “The duration of the order is 6 years.”
The offences occurred outside an Armstrong church on May 27, 2014.
The court was told Caron came over and started talking to the woman who was out for a walk.
The victim said he had a can of beer and offered her a drink.
Soon after, he had pinned her against the building and sexually assaulted her, threatening to strangle her if she didn’t stop squirming.
Caron also received a lifetime prohibition from the possession of firearms and was placed on the sex offender registry for 20 years.