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Ben McCormack Sentenced Over Child Exploitation Material Offences

Ben McCormack Sentenced Over Child Exploitation Material Offences

It is judgment day for former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack as he learns if he will be jailed over his text message child sex fantasies.

McCormack was suspended from his role at the Nine Network following raids on his home and network's Willoughby offices in Sydney after his arrest in April.

McCormack pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to promote, publish or transmit child pornography in September.

The 43-year-old will appear in front of District Court judge Paul Conlon for sentence on Wednesday morning. "They are lovely", he said via text.

He has been released on a three-year $1000 good behaviour bond.

The court heard McCormack had numerous conversations with an adult male between April 2015 and February 2017 that involved "fantasising about young male persons".

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The pair watched pornography together and exchanged sexual images involving children.

The judge reportedly said the lack of a child being directly exploited or treated cruelly impacted his decision.

Earlier, the judge said McCormack's crimes must be viewed at the lower end of the scale because he had never acted on his urges and had sought medical treatment prior to his arrest.

He said McCormack first saw psychiatrist Dr Michael Atherton in January 2015 because he was suffering long-term anxiety and using alcohol excessively in an attempt to manage it. The statement of facts also asserts that McCormack engaged in online conversations under the name 'Oz4skinboi' with boys between the ages of seven and twelve.

McCormack surrounded by media as he left court.

"At no time in my dealings within him did I feel like he posed a risk to young people".