A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack, right, arrives at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court.
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack, right, arrives at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court. DEAN LEWINS

Current Affair reporter negotiating plea deal

THE Channel 9 reporter on child porn charges is negotiating with prosecutors and may enter a plea later this month.

Ben McCormack's solicitor, Sam Macedone, told Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court yesterday that negotiations were progressing with the DPP and asked for the case to be adjourned until September26 to allow the discussions to be completed.

He told Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson if a plea of guilty was entered, Mr McCormack could then be committed to the District Court for sentence.

Outside court Mr Macedone told media he was confident a plea would be entered when the case was next in court, but could not say what it would be. He also refused to say what aspects of the case were being negotiated.

Mr McCormack left court without commenting.

The charges are punishable by up to 15 years' jail.

The 42-year-old was sensationally charged in April after raids on his Sydney home and the offices of A Current Affair at the Nine Network.

He had been receiving treatment at a Sydney hospital since his arrest and was excused from appearing in front of a magistrate until his case was last mentioned in July.

Police will allege Mr McCormack engaged in explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography.

He has been suspended from A Current Affair.

- Andrew Koubaridis



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