No jail time for 'proud' pedophile Ben McCormack

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2017

Former journalist Ben McCormack has reportedly been attacked outside court.

McCormack has avoided jail and been given a three-year good behaviour bond over the shocking offences.

In September, the 43-year-old former A Current Affair reporter pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to promote child pornography.

A Crown prosecutor, who declined to be named to media, then told the court McCormack should serve a custodial sentence.

Judge Conlon described McCormack's offending as being at the "lowest" end of the scale as the offending is not typical of the charge.

Judge Conlon said he had "never" previously seen someone facing charges like McCormack seek treatment prior to their arrested. The court heard that McCormack only ever engaged in the online fantasies when he was drunk and too weak to resist acting on his urges.

While no pictures or videos of children were involved, McCormack exchanged explicit messages on Skype for nearly two years with an unnamed man. The statement of facts also asserts that McCormack engaged in online conversations under the name 'Oz4skinboi' with boys between the ages of seven and twelve.

McCormack was suspended from his role as a reporter at Channel Nine in April following raids at his home and the network's Sydney offices.

The offence is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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