NSW Police have arrested ‘A Current Affair‘ reporter Ben McCormack on allegations of possessing child abuse material.
Police reportedly arrested McCormack early this morning, leading to investigators attending the show’s Willoughby offices to conduct a search.
Staff at the show were asked to leave the offices while police attended the scene, but have since been allowed back to work.
McCormack has yet to be formally charged, however police have indicated that charges may be laid later today.
It is understood that McCormack was arrested and taken to Redfern police station for questioning prior to officers executing a search raid on the ‘ACA‘ offices.
Network bosses confirmed that a police investigation relating to an ‘ACA‘ staff member were taking place, but quickly stressed that they were not related to the show or the network itself. A memo to staff issued this afternoon reads as follows:
“I can confirm that officers from the New South Wales police have been at TCN this morning investigating matters relating to a staff member at ‘A Current Affair’.”
“It’s a personal matter that does not relate to the program or [the network].”
“We are co-operating with the police. However, we are not in a position to comment any further as this is an ongoing investigation.”
McCormack’s prior reporting work on the program has involved the pursuit of child abusers, including a 2014 report filed from the courtroom as former ‘Hey Dad!‘ star Robert Hughes was found guilty of committing sexual offences against children; a crime he was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for.
A short time ago NSW Police issued the following statement:
“A man has been charged with sending child pornography material after being arrested by detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad.”
“Detectives commenced an investigation after becoming aware of a matter via the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), a joint-agency approach to tackling crimes against children.
Police will allege in court the man was engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography.
About 7.30am today (Thursday 6 April 2017), the 42-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives during a vehicle stop on Driver Avenue, Moore Park.
Shortly after, detectives executed a search warrant at a home unit in Alexandria, and an office at Willoughby, where they seized computers, a mobile phone, and electronic storage devices.
The man was taken to Redfern Police Station and charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.”
“He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 1 May 2017.
Investigations are continuing.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.