A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw has finally spoken about disgraced reporter Ben McCormack's sentence.
Grimshaw opened Tuesday night's A Current Affair program by addressing the day's events. McCormack - a former ACA reporter - was given a three-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay a $1000 fine. The sentence came after the former reporter pleaded guilty to two child porn charges.
Grimshaw started, 'Now it's over you are entitled to a statement from us.'
She further explained that A Current Affair had offered McCormack an interview with the famed host in order to explain himself.
'We’ve offered him an opportunity to be honest with us and with you about how this happened by sitting down with me and answering questions. So far, he’s refused — but the offer stands,' she explained.
Grimshaw further explained to viewers that reactions from staff in the ACA office, some of who were close friends and long-time colleagues of McCormack, had ranged from 'utter disbelief on the day he was charged to utter sadness, shock and revulsion as the nature of the offences emerged.'
'For me personally, I wished it was some terrible mistake,' Grimshaw said.
'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,' the host said.
Grimshaw then addressed how McCormack was sent to Singapore by ACA to confront former Hey Dad star Robert Hughes, who is now a convicted paedophile, about his sexual abuse of young girls during his time on the show.
Grimshaw asserted to the audience, 'How the hell could Ben McCormack ask Hughes those questions, when he’s now admitted to the court that his own private attractions to children had already been triggered a couple of years earlier?'
'How could he offer professional support and comfort to Sarah Monohan whom he knew suffered for years after her abuse as a child, while at the same time privately harbouring his own perverted fantasies?
'I don't know...I'd like to ask him that,' Grimshaw finished.