Disgraced Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack had a cup of liquid thrown at him while leaving a Sydney court after receiving a good behaviour bond for child pornography offences.
McCormack, 43, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography after police raided his home and workplace in April.
On Wednesday he was convicted in the Downing Centre District Court and released on a $1000 good behaviour bond for three years. As he left the court, a man approached the former A Current Affair journalist, yelling “f***ing filthy maggot” before throwing the contents of the cup, into which he’d reportedly spat.
The court heard McCormack had numerous online conversations with another man between April 2015 and February 2017 that involved “fantasising about young male persons”.
Images of child pornography were not transmitted.
In handing down his finding, Judge Paul Conlon found McCormack has shown “genuine contrition and remorse” and “a willingness to accept personal responsibility.”
McCormack first saw a doctor in January 2015 because he was suffering long-term anxiety and using alcohol excessively in an attempt to manage it.
In their reports for court, his two treating psychiatrists said McCormack does not pose a risk to young people.
The court heard after his arrest McCormack had written a 17-page suicide letter outlining his “shame and guilt” and was admitted to hospital.
When sentencing McCormack the judge took into consideration the extra-curial punishment of having suffered public humiliation from “extensive and explosive media coverage”.
Judge Conlon said McCormack has positive prospects of rehabilitation if he continues to be treated by mental health professionals.