FUTURE SENTENCE: Former journalist Ben McCormack arrives at Sydney's Downing Centre on Friday
FUTURE SENTENCE: Former journalist Ben McCormack arrives at Sydney's Downing Centre on Friday DAVID MOIR

Former Ch9 journo to be sentenced on child-porn charges

FORMER Channel 9 journalist Ben McCormack will be sentenced on child porn charges on November 24.

The 43-year-old appeared in the Downing Centre District Court on Friday morning, a week after lawyer Sam Macedone entered guilty pleas on his client's behalf to two charges of using a carriage service to send child porn.

Mr Macedone said he would tender psychiatric reports at the sentencing.

He told Judge Paul Conlon it was preferable to have the matter dealt with as soon as possible.

Judge Conlon said after reading the police facts it was clear they were "not typical” of the charges to which McCormack had pleaded guilty.

Outside court, when asked about Judge Conlon's comments about it not being a typical case, Mr Macedone said he didn't "read anything into what anyone says”.

He said he had "no idea” if McCormack would be jailed.

The details of explicit conversations between McCormack and a man in Perth were revealed in confronting court documents released after the guilty pleas.

In one, McCormack confessed he favoured boys as young as seven because they had "perfect bodies” and was a "proud pedo, proud b (boy) lover”.

In another he told the man he would always be drawn to young boys. "I'll always have the attraction ... They are beautiful.”

On August 1, the two men talked about their desire for sex with underage boys. The unidentified male said: "Can't wait to have one for real ha.”

McCormack answered: "They are so beautiful. I want to make love to one so badly.”

Talk then turns to meeting a third man and his nephew and taking turns to have sex with the boy. McCormack said: "Imagine it.”

Specialist police officers from the NSW Sex Crime Squad Child Exploitation Squad arrested McCormack in April after a tip from WA sex crimes detectives who had charged a man with child porn charges.

The man, who McCormack had been talking with, told police he knew McCormack by his username'Oz4skinboi'. But he revealed he also knew him as "Ben”.

"In one of the (Skype) chats, the male referred to the accused as 'Ben'. (He) also makes references to the fact that 'oz4skinboi' has an affiliation with the 9 Network Program, A Current Affair,” the police facts said.

Speaking outside court last week, Mr Macedone said the conversations were "fantasy” not reality.

"I just wanted to make it quite clear that there were never any images that were traded between Ben and anyone else of any child exploitation material. It was nothing more than fantasy talk, but no transporting of images,” he told reporters.

The delay in pleading guilty was due to the disagreement on the facts, which had been resolved. "That's what I wanted, that's what we've got, so we're now pleading guilty and we'll move on from there,” Mr Macedone said.

The lawyer revealed to news.com.au he had been trolled by people for representing McCormack, with some saying they wished him dead and told him: "I'm going to dance on your grave when you die.” - Andrew Koubaridis, NewsCorp



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