It is judgment day for former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack as he learns if he will be jailed over his text message child sex fantasies.
"Well before he was ever charged he acknowledged the wrongness and inappropriateness of his conduct and he sought professional help", Judge Paul Conlon said at the Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday when sentencing McCormack.
In September, the 43-year-old reporter pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to promote child pornography, after raids of both his work and home in April. He later resigned from Nine.
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Nine has never commented on the fallout from McCormack's arrest while some commentators have argued that media have gone lightly on their reporting of the case so as to "protect one of its own". B&T has contacted Nine following this morning's verdict, however, it declined to make any comment. Hughes is now serving a minimum seven-year sentence for his crimes. 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's lawyers have argued that his actions were all fantasy and played out when he was often drunk and depressed.
Judge Conlon added his reputation had been destroyed and the public humiliation had resulted in the former journalist trying to kill himself on two occasions.
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