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A Current Affair has extended an invitation to its former reporter Ben McCormack to explain his actions in an interview, but has been refused.
Last night Tracy Grimshaw told viewers they were owed an explanation by the network, having remained silent to allow natural justice to follow its course.
Yesterday McCormack was given a 3 year good behaviour bond and fined $1000 after a judge decreed hsi crime was at the ‘lower end’ of offending.
“For me personally, I wished it was some terrible mistake,” Grimshaw told viewers.
“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 said.
McCormack’s actions undermined ACA‘s work to pin Robert Hughes, including naming him as a perpetrator before formal charges were laid.
McCormack resigned from Nine after being suspended.