BRITISH COLUMBIA

Rene Burke Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse

07/19/2013 01:42 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT
PENTICTON, B.C. - A man who sexually abused a Penticton, B.C., teenager and told the school district he was the boy's guardian has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years' probation.

Fifty-six-year-old Rene Burke pleaded guilty last December to touching a young person for sexual purposes while the victim lived with him between August and September 2011.

The Crown was seeking a four-year prison sentence for Burke, who met the boy when he was 16, supplied him and his pals with alcohol and drugs, invited the teen to live with him and convinced the youth to transfer to a school near his home.

The boy's father sued the Okanagan-Skaha school district after it approved the school transfer without his knowledge.

The father's complaint led to a police investigation that revealed Burke had outstanding warrants in Ontario for sexual offences involving young children, and Burke then pleaded guilty to two breaches of his parole conditions.

He has already served nearly two years in custody and must spend the next 22 months behind bars. (CKOR)