BRITISH COLUMBIA

Former TV Reporter Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault Of Minor

07/26/2012 03:16 EDT | Updated 09/25/2012 05:12 EDT
Former Global television reporter Ron Bencze, 44, has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a minor.

At a sentencing hearing in Surrey Thursday morning Bencze admitted to sexually assaulting the child, who was a friend of his own son, for a period of seven and a half years, until the child was 14 years old.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of two to three years in jail, while the defence is seeking a conditional sentence of 18 to 24 months.

Crown lawyers indicated they intend to stay the eight remaining charges against Bencze, which involve two other alleged victims.

Judge Robin Baird said there were many issues to consider in the case and reserved his sentencing decision until after August 27.

Bencze was arrested in January 2011 and originally charged with nine counts of sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor.

He was a reporter with Global TV in Vancouver at the time of his arrest but has since been fired by the organization.