ACA reporter Ben McCormack to be sentenced next month

Former Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack will be sentenced for child pornography offences next month.

 

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 a Sydney court.

In the District Court on Friday, Judge Paul Conlon offered to have the matter dealt with as soon as possible, 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," he told the court.

Former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack will be sentenced for child pornography. Photo: AAP

"Absolutely, your honour," McCormack's lawyer Sam Macedone replied.

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

The sentencing was listed for November 24.

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

Ben McCormack (right) and his lawyer Sam Macedone arrive in court. Photo: AAP

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 life-saving, sent the man a video of him masturbating and also discussed perving "non stop" at the beach, shopping centres and movies.

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

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