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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock funds cultural activities moved online by COVID-19

Museum, community orchestra receive production grants

Surrey council sets new rules for Good Citizen of the Year award

Candidates have more hurdles to jump before getting nominated for the prestigious local title

OUR VIEW: Wards for Surrey worth a hard look

Ward system divvies up city into neighbourhoods with a council member representing an electoral region

Delta mayor launches new photo contest for kids

Kids can submit photos of their at-home activities for a chance to win gift cards from local businesses

Lottery win ‘doesn’t feel real’ for White Rock man

$75,000 BC/49 ticket purchased at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

Driver maces pedestrian after hit and run in Langley City

Police were on the scene at Michaud Crescent Wednesday morning

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension, allowing up to 5 days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Andrew Scheer likely marking last day in House of Commons as Opposition leader

Today’s Commons sitting is one of two scheduled for August

Deaths feared after train derails amid storms in Scotland

Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow

DFO says 5 aggrieved B.C First Nations were consulted on fisheries plan

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations calls response ‘a sham,’ adding DFO never incorporates their views

Friends do ‘amazing’ home makeover for retired police officer

Pitt Meadows RCMP veteran was away getting treatment for PTSD

Lower Mainland woman gives birth on in-laws’ driveway

Frédérique Gagnon new son is appropriately named after Norse trickster god

Most Read