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

Ben McCormack allegedly traded child porn chat for years

SUSPENDED A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack is banned from using the internet, with police set to allege he'd been exchanging sexually explicit pictures with one man for two years.

Police will also allege McCormack, 42, who was last week charged with using a carriage service to send child pornography material, at one point sent pictures of soiled Speedos to a paedophile, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

A law enforcement source told the publication police has not yet examined computers seized last week during a raid of McCormack's workplace, Channel Nine's A Current Affair offices.

And police will allege McCormack had been involved in child pornography "chat and exchange of pictures" for the past two years.

Meanwhile, strict bail conditions mean McCormack has been ordered not to communicate with, attempt to communicate with, 'seek or actively remain in the company of' any person aged younger than 16, and is banned from playgrounds.

He has been suspended from A Current Affair and from North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club.

Former and current A Current Affair colleagues claim McCormack was being counselled by senior management about his behaviour at work, unrelated to the current charges, and was placed on a "one strike and you're out" ­policy by bosses.

He allegedly made a series of comments to provoke Nine colleague Caroline Marcus, who wrote weekly columns for The Sunday Mail, often about her Jewish heritage, News Corp reported.

He stuck pictures of dead Palestinian children at his desk to provoke Ms Marcus, who worked beside him. Ms Marcus, who now works at Sky News, has confirmed the incident, but declined further comment.

McCormack is on bail, to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday May 1.

News Corp Australia


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