Ben McCormack To Be Sentenced Today For Pornography Offences
Disgraced former Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack is due to be sentenced in a Sydney court for child pornography offences, exactly eight months after police raids on his home and workplace.
McCormack, 43, was suspended in April from his role as a journalist on A Current Affair after he was charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography.
He pleaded guilty to the offences in September.
According to the agreed statement of facts, McCormack went by the name Oz4skinboi in conversations with an unnamed man that began in 2015 and amounted to child pornography.
He fantasised about young boys and their "perfect bodies" in the graphic chats, telling the other man he was a "total b loving pedo" and answering "Yep" when asked if he thought he would always "be a p".
McCormack is listed for sentence before Judge Paul Conlon at Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday.
The judge in November questioned whether McCormack's offence "must be viewed down towards the lowest end of the scale" of child pornography crimes because he had sought medical treatment years before the charges were laid and never acted on his "fantasy".