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Australian TV reporter linked to a paedophile ring
THE arrest of a suspected child rapist in Western Australia may have been key to uncovering a paedophile ring that led police to charge star TV reporter Ben McCormack with child pornography offences.
McCormack, one of A Current Affair’s most longstanding reporters, was arrested in April following raids on both his Sydney home and Nine Network offices.
The journalist has since been hospitalised with his lawyer saying he is “not in a good place”.
On Tuesday, the West Australian reported that the charges against McCormack may have led from the discovery of the membership list of a child porn ring following the arrest of a WA man earlier this year.
WA Police arrested an alleged offender in the state’s south in February. That arrest gave police access to computers, phone records and websites which led them to other ring members across Australia.
Police in the West then shared this information with State and Federal police across the country.
The initial person arrested in February is now looking at 35 charges including child rape and possessing child porn.
WA Police have not gone into detail about the case, reported the West Australian, but it’s thought the arrest in March of a teacher at a WA Catholic primary school was also connected to the ring. As was the arrest of a teacher in Queensland.
Officers swooped on 42-year-old McCormack as he drove past Sydney’s Moore Park in April, the whole incident being captured on camera.