by Sarah Crawford, The Daily Telegraph
May 9, 2017 6:58pm
A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack remains in hospital a month after he was charged with child pornography offences.
McCormack, 42, did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court where he is now facing two counts of transmitting child pornography.
His lawyer Sam Macedone tendered a medical certificate on his client’s behalf saying, “My client is not present today, he is still in hospital.”
Outside the court, Mr Macedone said McCormack was “not in a good place” so was not well enough for him to speak to about a plea.
As well as being charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography, police allege the senior reporter went online and had a sexually explicit conversation with another man about the photos.
McCormack was arrested by officers from the NSW Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Internet Unit as he drove near Moore Park on April 6.
At the same time detectives executed warrants at Nine’s Willoughby headquarters and at McCormack’s Alexandria home seizing computers and a mobile phone.
After he was arrested and charged Nine suspended McCormack.
On the night following his arrest ACA fill-in presenter Leila McKinnon announced that one of their senior reporters, “is facing serious charges involving child pornography offences.”
“A Current Affair has a long history of pursuing offenders in these types of cases and we intend to cover this story without fear or favour.”
In a strange twist it was McCormack who tracked down convicted child molester and TV star Robert Hughes in Singapore while he was being investigated by the same police sex crimes unit that arrested McCormack last month.
Following his arrest McCormack was also suspended from North Bondi Life Saving Club where he trained nippers.
McCormack has not entered a plea to the charges and remains on bail. The case has been adjourned to July 4.
Mr Macedone asked that the ail condition requiring that he report regularly to police remain suspended while he is in hospital.