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Tracy Grimshaw Finally Speaks Out Over Ben McCormack’s Case

The shocking child porn charges laid against A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack shocked the nation - but no-one more than his own team, we heard last night.

Following the judge’s ruling yesterday, which saw McCormack receive a $1000, three year good behaviour bond, Grimshaw released a statement to the people, keeping in with their promise to report on McCormack’s case, despite the potential conflict of interest.

“Now it’s over you are entitled to a statement from us,” Grimshaw said.

Grimshaw told viewers that reactions from staff in the ACA office, some of whom were “close friends” or colleagues who “worked for years” with McCormack, had “ranged from utter disbelief on the day he was charged to utter sadness, shock, and revulsion as the nature of the offences emerged”.

“For me personally, I wished it was some terrible mistake,” Grimshaw said.

“That maybe he’d been researching a story and his actions had been misinterpreted.

“But when the detail of his online discussions became clear, when he called himself a ‘proud pedo’ who was attracted to boys aged 7 to 13-years-old, I realised it was no mistake by the police. “How could he do that? It was horrifying.”

She also referenced the then unknown irony in the fact that McCormack was the one who flew to Singapore on behalf of ACA to confront Hey Dad star Robert Hughes about him sexual abuse of young girls during his time on the show.

“How the hell could Ben McCormack ask Hughes those questions, when he’s now admitted to the court that his own private attractions to children had already been triggered a couple of years earlier?” Grimshaw said.

We wondered the same thing.

Video via The Daily Telegraph

Grimshaw also referenced the fact Judge Paul Conlon did not have a reputation for ‘soft rulings’, but decided that due to the fact McCormack had sought counselling for his urges before he was discovered meant that he’d be a suitable candidate for rehabilitation.

Judge Conlon said the facts in the McCormack case were quite different to the cases of similar charges that normally came to court. In his judgment he said it was clear the worst aspects of child porn cases were “absent” in McCormack’s case.

“There was no transmission of pictures or images of child pornography ... it does not include pictures of actual child victims. There was no attempt to sexually exploit children or grooming of any child to partake in child pornography.”

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