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Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Australian reporter Ben McCormack arrested over alleged child sexual exploitation images

Australian reporter Ben McCormack arrested over alleged child sexual exploitation images

McCormack's arrest was captured on video by NSW Police and then a large media pack awaited him as he left Redfern police station on bail on Thursday night, charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.

McCormack was known to use Grindr and brag about the young men he was dating.

Mr McCormack, 42, allegedly had "sexually explicit conversations" about children and discussed child porn with another man.

UPDATE 3:00 PM: A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been arrested following an investigation into alleged child pornography offences.

McCormack was stopped by Sex Crime squad detectives at 7:30am Thursday on Driver Avenue at Moore Park, just outside Sydney's CBD, as he drove to work at Nine's headquarters in Sydney's north.

Video footage of the arrest - released by police in an unusual move - shows McCormack standing on the side of the road while investigators search his auto.

Search warrants were executed at his home unit in Alexandria and the Channel Nine ACA office in Willoughby, where detectives seized computers, a mobile phone, and electronic storage devices. Ben McCormack, a 25-year veteran of the Nine Network, was arrested today and charged by NSW Police with using a carriage service for child pornography material.

The police investigation into McCormack followed a tip off from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation team - a joint-agency taskforce that cracks down on crimes against children.

'Here at A Current Affair, we've always given it to you straight and told it like it is, so let's get into it, ' host Leila McKinnon told viewers.

She said the show had a long history of pursuing offenders and meant to cover the case of one of their "most senior reporters" without "fear or favour".

A Channel Nine reporter, Ben McCormack, has been charged with sending indecent images of children after a dramatic day which saw police raid the network's studios in Sydney for evidence.

We are co-operating with the police.

It is understood as many as seven police officers entered the show's headquarters in Willoughby, Sydney this morning.

"Police are not in a position to give that information to me".

In 2014, he sat in court as former Hey Dad! television star Robert Hughes learnt of his guilty verdict.

McCormack confronted Hughes for ACA in Singapore about claims he abused children including cast members of the 1980s Australian sitcom.

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