ACA journo charged over alleged child porn offences
UPDATE: A CURRENT Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been charged with allegedly sending child pornography material following a raid on his office and home today.
McCormack was pulled over on Driver Ave, Moore Park about 7.30am today and arrested by Sex Crimes Squad officers.
The 42-year-old was taken to Redfern police station for questioning and this afternoon, was charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.
Police allege McCormack "engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography", according to a police statement.
Search warrants were executed at his home unit in Alexandria and the Channel Nine ACA office in Willoughby, where detectives seized computers, a mobile phone, and electronic storage devices.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on May 1.
He was released from police custody just before 6pm tonight.
The arrest was part of Strike Force Trawler, with officers initiating the investigation after being alerted by the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.
Police allege McCormack "engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography".
The Nine Network confirmed a police operation took place at the news headquarters and said Nine was co-operating with police.
"There are police there (at ACA offices) and they are investigating," Nine's head of publicity Victoria Buchan said.
"We are co-operating."
A Current Affair offices raided by police
EARLIER: POLICE have raided the offices of A Current Affair.
Shocked staff members looked on as at least seven New South Wales Police officers entered the office armed with evidence bags on Thursday morning.
Police searched the entire ACA office at Nine's Willoughby headquarters.
News.com.au understands Nine news boss Darren Wick and members of the network's legal team were in the ACA office as the police operation unfolded.
It is not clear what police were searching for during the raid.
Staff members were asked to leave the office as a search warrant was carried out.
Channel 9 has confirmed a police operation was taking place at the station and said Nine was co-operating with police.
"There are police there (at ACA offices) and they are investigating," Nine's head of publicity Victoria Buchan told news.com.au. "We are co-operating."
Ms Buchan said the investigation was not surrounding the program or a story, and was in relation to a personal matter.
Police Media had no further information.