'Pedo' reporter to learn fate next month

Former Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack is due to be sentenced for child pornography offences next month with a Sydney judge describing the case as "not typical".

Former Nine Network journalist Ben McCormack has had a date set to be sentenced.

Former Nine Network journalist Ben McCormack has had a date set to be sentenced.

McCormack last week pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography after a new agreed statement of facts was presented to the court.

Judge Paul Conlon on Friday agreed to proceed quickly despite the court ordinarily being pressed to find available dates before May 2018.

"It is a matter though, that having looked at the facts, can I just say that they are not typical of that particular charge," the judge told the Downing Centre District Court.

"Absolutely, Your Honour," McCormack's lawyer, Sam Macedone, replied.

"Quite different, in fact," Judge Conlon added.

The sentencing has been listed for November 24 and, outside court, Mr Macedone said he was pleased with the early date.

"It needs to be put to bed," he told reporters.

Mr Macedone also wouldn't elaborate on what he would seek regarding a sentence.

"I'll be just putting the subjective matters to the court and letting the judge decide, that's all I can do," he said

"I can't persuade him one way or another."

Asked whether he believed his client would be sent to prison, Mr Macedone replied: "I have got no idea."

Court documents previously revealed McCormack referred to himself as a "total b loving pedo" and "proud ped" in online conversations with another man.

The pair began chatting in 2015 and McCormack, using the nickname "oz4skinboi", fantasised about the "perfect bodies" of young boys.

In January 2017 the man asked the reporter whether he would ever play with one, to which McCormack replied: "I'd love to."

Mr Macedone last week said while his client admitted to what he'd done, it was only ever "fantasy talk" and no child exploitation images were ever traded.

The agreed facts, however, reveal the online chats included the exchange of images which weren't able to be retrieved.

McCormack, who was previously involved in surf lifesaving, sent the man a video of him masturbating and also discussed perving "non stop" at the beach, shopping centres and cinemas.

Each of his charges carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

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