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Former TV reporter Ron Bencze to appeal child sex assault sentence

A former Global BC television news reporter who sexually assaulted a child is appealing his four-year prison sentence.  .
A former Global BC television news reporter who sexually assaulted a child is appealing his four-year prison sentence. . Postmedia

VANCOUVER – A former B.C. television news reporter who sexually assaulted a child is appealing his four-year prison sentence.

Forty-five-year-old Ron Bencze,  who previously worked for Global BC and News 1130, will appear in B.C.’s Court of Appeal Monday to ask for a lighter sentence.

Bencze pleaded guilty in July to one count of sexual assault for abusing a now-14-year-old boy for more than seven years.

After his sentencing, Bencze’s lawyers said the judge in Surrey, B.C., imposed a demonstrably unfit sentence that is outside the acceptable range.

Several remaining charges against Bencze were stayed.

The Crown wanted a three-year sentence while the defence requested a conditional sentence of up to two years.

Judge Robin Baird rejected those requests when the sentence was imposed in late August.

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With files from the Canadian Press