UPDATE 5:00 PM: STAR A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been arrested and charged with using a carriage service to send child pornography material.
Police have confirmed the 42-year-old was driving along Driver Avenue in Moore Park, Sydney, when he was pulled over and arrested by detectives from the state’s Sex Crimes Squad around 7:30 am on Thursday.
Police allege the senior journalist was engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male with whom he allegedly discussed child pornography.
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After his arrest, detectives then raided McCormack’s home in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria and his work office at the A Current Affair headquarters in Willoughby.
During the raids, police say officers seized computers, a mobile phone, and other electronic storage devices.
McCormack was taken to the Redfern Police Station where he was quizzed by police for several hours.
The TV journalist has since been charged with “using a carriage service for child pornography material”.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday, May 1.
Investigations are continuing.
UPDATE 3:00 PM: A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been arrested following an investigation into alleged child pornography offences.
It’s understood the Nine Network reporter was arrested on Thursday morning, shortly before a squad of police officers raided the ACA headquarters in Willoughby.
The TV journalist was taken to Redfern Police Station where he remains, assisting police with their investigation, according to Fairfax Media.
According to the Daily Telegraph, detectives seized a computer during the raid on McCormack’s office.
McCormack’s lawyer Sam Macedone told the Daily Mail Australia he had met with his client after the raid on his workplace.
“I did meet with Ben earlier…and I do believe he will be charged, with what though, I’m not sure,” Mr Macedone told the online publication.
“I can’t say a lot more about it…they might charge him then interview him, or interview then charge him.”
Earlier, NSW Police and Channel 9 both confirmed the raid was in relation to a personal matter involving an employee, not the program or a specific story.
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FIRST: POLICE have raided the A Current Affair headquarters in Sydney, reportedly following a protracted investigation into alleged child pornography offences.
A squad of New South Wales police officers were seen entering the Nine Network’s Willoughby studios on Sydney’s lower North Shore on Thursday morning, armed with evidence bags.
The raid reportedly relates to child pornography offences that were allegedly committed by an ACA staff member, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Both NSW Police and Channel 9 confirmed the investigation was not surrounding the program or a specific story, instead was in relation to a personal matter involving an employee.
ACA staff were reportedly ordered to leave the office while officers executed a search warrant.
A Channel 9 spokesperson said the network was co-operating with authorities.
No further information was available at the time of writing.