A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack will soon learn his fate after pleading guilty to two child pornography offences.
The prominent former Nine Network journalist will be sentenced on November 24, some six months earlier than his lawyer expected.
McCormack had last week pleaded guilty to two counts of transmitting, publishing or promoting child pornography using a carriage service.
In Skype messages with a West Australian teacher contained in a statement of court faces, McCormack described himself as a ‘proud Ped’ and ‘boy lover’.
Under the username oz4skinboi, he confessed he would ‘perve non-stop… at the beach, shopping centre and movie theatres’ and would ‘love’ to ‘play’ with a boy.
‘They are so beautiful. I want to make love to one so badly,’ he said
On Friday morning, District Court Judge Paul Conlon said the facts of the case ‘were not typical of that particular charge…. quite different in fact’.
An agreed statement of facts said McCormack exchanged pictures with the man but investigators could not access the photos and there was ‘no evidence’ the photos showed children being exploited.
Outside court, McCormack’s lawyer Sam Macedone said he had ‘no idea’ whether McCormack will go to jail.
The charges carry a penalty of 15 years imprisonment.
Mr Macedone said he wasn’t reading anything into the judge’s remarks and would be making submissions to the court.