Canadian TV Reporter Ron Bencze Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges
The former Global Television reporter enters not guilty pleas to alleged sex crimes against three children over a ten year period.
TORONTO – Top Canadian TV reporter Ron Bencze has pleaded not guilty to sex charges linked to three children.
A lawyer for Bencze, who was last month fired by Global Television in British Columbia after an internal investigation, entered the pleas in a suburban Vancouver courtroom to answer three charges of sexual assault, four charges of sexual interference and two charges of invitation to sexual touching involving children.
Bencze, 44, had been a TV reporter for Global Television B.C., the Vancouver affiliate of the national TV network, since 2004.
The sex charges relate to alleged offences committed over a 10-year period from 2001 to 2011, according to the police reports and crown prosecutors.
Bencze remains free on bail after his arrest last January for alleged offenses against an unnamed minor.
On news of the arrest, two other minors came forward with allegations against Bencze.
His criminal charges rocked the Canadian broadcast industry as Bencze is an award-winning TV reporter, and a one-time crime reporter for Vancouver radio station News 1130.