A reporter with Global TV is facing several sex-related charges involving a person under the age of 16.
Ron Bencze, a 44-year-old Surrey resident, has been charged with five offences. The complaint was brought to police attention on Sunday.
Bencze faces one count of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference of a person under 16, and two counts of invitation to touching some one under 16 years old.
The offenses are alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2011.
He was also an assistant coach on Surrey United Soccer.
“We learned today from the public media that Ron Bencze, an assistant coach with one of our soccer teams, was charged with a number of sexual offences involving a minor,” said Surrey United Soccer Club Executive Director Martin Foden.
“Our governing body, British Columbia Soccer Association, has a Youthsafe Policy which Surrey United has fully adopted and in accordance with that policy we have notified Mr. Bencze that he has been suspended from all soccer-related activities with our club and district association until further notice.”
Bencze appeared in Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday afternoon and was released from custody on a number of conditions, including abstaining from any contact with the victim or any other young persons.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 7.
Bencze is married with three children and joined the news station in 2004.
The award-winning reporter has more than 20 years experience in the news business, starting his career at a TV station in his home town of Kamloops.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offence Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.