Former reporter Bencze turns himself in after breaching bail conditions

Surrey's Ron Bencze, charged with child sex crimes, not allowed near young people.

Ron Bencze.

Former TV reporter Ron Bencze, charged with nine child-related sex crimes earlier this year, has been arrested again for breaching his bail conditions.

Bencze, a Surrey resident, is awaiting trial on the charges and was prohibited from having contact with young people as part of the conditions of his release on bail. Police say he was spotted last month outside a school and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He turned himself in on Wednesday.

He now faces a new charge of breaching conditions and has been released on a promise to appear at his next court date in mid-December. New bail conditions specify he must surrender his passport and cannot be within 50 metres of schools, daycares or playgrounds.

A preliminary inquiry into the initial charges – to determine whether there is enough evidence to justify a trial –  is scheduled for eight days in January.

Bencze is charged with three counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual interference with a person under 16 and two of invitation to sexual touching involving a person under 16. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2011. He entered a not guilty plea last spring in Surrey Provincial Court.

Bencze, a married father of three, had been a reporter with Global TV since 2004, and had more than 20 years experience in the news industry. He was fired from his job at Global TV in April.

– with files from CTV

Just Posted

City, RCMP tackling “distressed” Surrey properties

The idea is to improve public safety and social concerns in Surrey’s neighbourhoods

White Rock restaurant serving up support for youth mental health

June 25 fundraiser at Uli’s organized in honour of the late Anthony Bourdain

Annual party at Science World helps fund Surrey student field trips there

Video by Newton-area student Ali Naqib shows him and classmates at 30-year-old Vancouver landmark

Surrey RCMP searching for missing 15-year-old Aboriginal girl

Police say Megan Hindmarch was last seen in the 12400-block of 97B Street at 8 p.m. on June 18

OUR VIEW: Silos won’t solve overcrowding in Surrey’s schools

It’s going to take a concerted team effort from all levels of government to improve this situation

VIDEO: Rare white killer whale captured by drone near Campbell River

The transient orca has been named Tl’uk, a Coast Salish word that means ‘moon.’

B.C. imposes interim moratorium on resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

B.C. sculptor depicts epic eagle battle in latest piece that took 2,500 hours

Clasped in one of the raptor’s talons is each one’s desire: a living venomous diamondback rattlesnake

Students disciplined after anti-LGBTQ signs posted in Kamloops high school

Vessy Mochikas, SD73’s principal for inclusive education, called incident a learning opportunity

Air Canada expects Boeing 737 Max to resume flying by September or October

Air Canada isn’t worried about safety of the planes, says vice-president

‘The Fonz’ gives thumbs up in letter to dyslexic students at B.C. school

Students in Maple Ridge reached out to Henry Winkler after reading one his Zipster books.

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Commercial fishers in B.C. now required to wear life-jackets on deck: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC reports 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry between 2007 and 2018

Most Read

l -->