A Vancouver TV reporter has been charged with sexual offences involving a minor, police say.
Ron Bencze, who is employed by Global BC, has been charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts each of sexual interference of a person under 16 and invitation to sexual touching under 16, RCMP said Tuesday.
The offences allegedly occurred over a number of years, from 2001 to 2011, RCMP said.
Global BC news director Ian Haysom said the station is very concerned about the allegations, but will not say anything until it learns more.
Bencze, 44, is married with three children.
He was released from custody on a number of conditions after a provincial court appearance Tuesday. He must abstain from any contact with his alleged victim and any other young people.
Bencze is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 7.