Ben McCormack released from Redfern police station last night.
Ben McCormack released from Redfern police station last night. AAP

ACA reporter remains in hospital following child porn arrest

A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack remains in hospital a month after he was charged with child pornography.

McCormack, 42, did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court this morning when his case was mentioned and was instead represented by his lawyer Sam Macedone who tendered a medical certificate on his client's behalf.

"My client is not present today he is still in hospital," Mr Macedone said.

Police also allege the 42-year-old went online and had a sexually explicit conversation with another man about the photos.

McCormack was arrested by officers from the NSW Sex Crimes Child Exploitation Internet Unit as he drove near Moore Park on April 6.

At the same time detectives executed warrants at Nine's Willoughby headquarters and at McCormack's Alexandria home seizing computers and a mobile phone.After he was arrested and charged Nine suspended McCormack.

On the night following his arrest ACA fill-in presenter Leila McKinnon announced that one of their senior reporters, "is facing serious charges involving child pornography offences."

"A Current Affair has a long history of pursuing offenders in these types of cases and we intend to cover this story without fear or favour."

In a strange twist it was McCormack who tracked down convicted child molester and TV star Robert Hughes in Singapore while he was being investigated by the same police sex crimes unit that arrested McCormack last month.

Following his arrest McCormack was also suspended from North Bondi Life Saving Club where he trained nippers.

McCormack has not entered a plea to the charge and remains on bail.

Mr Macedone asked that the bail condition requiring that he report regularly to police remain suspended while he is in hospital.

       
News Corp Australia


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