Posted on | April 18, 2017 | No Comments
Ben McCormack was a famous Australian TV personality, a reporter for the Channel 9 tabloid news program A Current Affair. Earlier this month, however, police in Sydney arrested McCormack on child pornography charges, and his acquaintances have divulged that the popular journalist had a habit of chasing after “baby-faced” young men.
Reporters found his profile on the gay-dating app Grindr that showed McCormack, 42, specifically sought “young slim smooth” partners: “Short is hot.” McCormack’s co-workers knew of his preferences:
‘He’s always on Grindr and having dates with young-looking men,’ a colleague, who did not want to be named, told News Corp.
‘He would often show photos of guys he was seeing and they would always be baby-faced teens but a legal age.’ . . .
Daily Mail Australia revealed he directed a risque short film in the early 2000s where father-son incest in a gay bathhouse was a key plot line.
Despite his open homosexuality and his known preference for very young partners, some of McCormack’s journalistic colleagues were surprised by his arrest for allegedly transmitting child pornography:
Tracy Grimshaw prides herself on protecting the vulnerable, so it’s little wonder she’s shaken to the core after the Sex Crimes Squad raided ACA’s headquarters and arrested her long-time colleague Ben McCormack.
“This has been the worst week of my life,” she told close friends, who say she’s so devastated at the betrayal of someone she felt she knew, she can’t even bear to say his name.
“She won’t talk to anyone about it. This really is her worst nightmare.”
“To have someone she worked with and trusted for years arrested for child porn… she’s been staying at home, only leaving to do the show.” . . .
“She’s crusaded against paedophiles all her life, and Ben was the reporter who covered the child molestation case of [former Hey Dad..! star] Robert Hughes. It couldn’t get any worse.”
For those who don’t know, Robert Hughes is an actor who starred in a popular Australian TV situation comedy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequently, he was accused of having molested four different underage girls, including actress Sarah Monahan, who had played his daughter on TV. McCormack tracked down Hughes in Singapore for an exclusive interview in 2010. Hughes was later extradited to Australia to face charges and in 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
After McCormack was arrested April 6 for child pornography charges, he was also suspended from a beach lifeguard association where he had volunteered training young boys in lifeguard classes.