Former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack, who has been charged with child pornography offences, has been banned from accessing the Internet and from being in the company of a child under 16 years of age as part of his bail conditions.

He is also banned from communicating at all with any child under 16 years of age and from visiting areas known to be frequented by children such as playgrounds and schools. He must also report to police twice a week and has had his passport confiscated.

It is currently alleged that McCormack send child pornography images online, and engaged in an explicit conversation with another adult male about children online. According to sources speaking to Fairfax Media, police will allege that the offence in question was committed over a period of time, and wasn’t just a once-off.

A source who worked with McCormack expressed surprise at the allegations, and said that if they are true he was particularly good at hiding it. “You’ve got to understand, he was around people who gossip and tell stories for a living.”

Nine has suspended McCormack’s employment, and have said they will cover the case “without fear or favour”. It is believed they will take no further action on the matter as police are investigating.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Photo: A Current Affair.