2022-05-10 04:14:00

Former NRL star Brett Finch has been hit with fresh charges over allegations he used a sex hotline to make available child abuse material.

The former NSW State of Origin half was last year arrested when strike force detectives raided his Sans Souci home over his alleged involvement in an adult telephone service that was being used to transmit child abuse material.

Police seized his mobile phone for forensic examination and he was charged with five counts of using a carriage service to make available child abuse material.

The 40-year-old did not appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday and was represented by his lawyer Robert Candelori.

Police tendered an amended court attendance notice that included two fresh counts of using a carriage service to make available child abuse material.

Former NRL star Brett Finch has been hit with fresh charges. Picture: Liam Mendes/The Australian.Source: News Corp Australia

The matter was adjourned for a case conference to take place in July.

According to court documents, police have alleged that between November 6, 2020, and January 30 last year, Mr Finch used a carriage service to make available child abuse material.

His lawyer Paul McGirr has previously indicated that Mr Finch will fight the charges and he is yet to enter a plea.

He was arrested on December 14 last year and has been on bail since.

NSW Police’s Child Exploitation internet Unit launched Strike Force Hank last year to investigate an adult telephone service that was allegedly used by men to disseminate and discuss child abuse material.

Police arrested seven other men – aged between 34 and 71 – in raids across Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Shoal Bay last year.

Brett Finch was a member of Melbourne’s grand final winning side during his playing career. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Mr Finch’s shock arrest came one week after he opened up about alcohol and drug addiction issues that have plagued his post-playing career.

Finch represented Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Melbourne throughout a distinguished 270-game NRL career that included the Storm’s 2007 grand final victory over Parramatta that was subsequently wiped from the history books due to salary cap cheating.

He was best remembered for kicking the winning field goal in game one of the 2006 State of Origin series after being brought in as a late replacement due to an injury crisis in the Blues’ halves.

Following his on-field retirement, Mr Finch moved into the media and had commentating stints with Channel 9 and Fox Sports.

He checked himself into a mental health facility in 2019 and has since said he hit “rock bottom” in 2016 after he was stood down by Channel 9.

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Source by [graycupnews.com]

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