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More child sex abuse charges for TV reporter
Published Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:53PM PDT Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:27AM PDT
The B.C. television reporter at the centre of a child sex abuse investigation is facing four new charges.
Veteran Global BC journalist Ron Bencze was charged in January with sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching involving a person under 16 for alleged offences dating back to 2001, when the child was just six years old.
Surrey RCMP announced Tuesday that the 44-year-old now faces two new counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference against a person under the age of 16.
Cpl. Drew Grainger said in a statement the charges involve two new victims.
Bencze has been released from custody and is prohibited from having any contact with any young person. The father-of-three was ordered to keep away from his children following his arrest earlier this winter.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
The Surrey resident was an assistant coach for Surrey United Soccer Club for the past five years leading up to his arrest.
Bencze was charged in January after a brief two-day investigation by police. He was suspended from his job at Global BC but his current job status is unknown.
The longtime broadcaster started his nearly two-decade media career in his hometown of Kamloops, where he produced and hosted a children's variety show.
He joined Global BC in August 2004 and has since won accolades for his work on the Robert Pickton serial killer trial as well as a 2005 series on crystal meth.