Armstrong man deemed long-term offender

Court ruling stems from sexual assault in May 2014

An Armstrong man has been declared a long-term offender.

Joseph Vance Caron, born in 1969, was sentenced May 8 in connection with an Armstrong sexual assault that RCMP began investigating in May 2014. Caron was arrested in July of that year and was facing charges of sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and attempting to choke a victim to commit a sexual offence

He was sentenced to six years and three months on three of the counts, including sexual assault. Caron received credit for time already served, so he will serve another two years behind bars.

Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel with the B.C. Prosecution Service, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, said that “after a full and careful review of the evidence available for the dangerous offender hearing the Crown concluded that Mr. Caron satisfied the long-term offender designation threshold.”

The matter proceeded as a joint submission for the sentence.

“He will be subject to a long-term supervision order for six years,” said McLaughlin. “This order will commence upon the completion of his custodial sentence.”

The long-term offender (LTO) designation was created as a residual sentencing regime to help deal with offenders who are not captured by the dangerous offender (DO) provisions. Crown can apply for an LTO designation from the outset, or it can be imposed by the court if the court finds that the evidence falls short of the legal test for a DO designation. It targets sexual and violent offenders who, on the evidence, are likely to re-offend.

If the court concludes the offender is an LTO, the court must impose a sentence of at least two years in prison, followed by supervision in the community for up to 10 years under a long-term supervision order (LTSO).

Caron also received a lifetime prohibition from the possession of firearms and was placed on the sex offender registry for 20 years.

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