NRL star Brett Finch fantasized about having sex with a 12-year-old boy in disturbing voice messages he sent via an online sex chat service.
The retired footballer pleaded guilty in Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court on Tuesday to sharing child abuse material on the “FastMeet” hotline.
Messages 40-year-old Finch left on the service were revealed in an agreed statement of facts sent to the court – which included material too vile to publish.
“Yeah, how’s it going buddy?” Finch asked in a message sent in November 2020.
“My name is Brad, 35, masculine build, married. Love to have a hot chat, talk about real kinky having a threesome with a nice 16 year old boy.’
Former footballer Brett Finch has pleaded guilty to calling a sex hotline to share child abuse material. He has drawn six other charges at Downing Center Local Court in Sydney. Finch is pictured with his wife Elli Johnston
In another, Finch said: G’day mate, married guy, 39, muscular body, would love to be out, you and me in swimmers, a nice little 16 year old surfer boy comes by.
In December 2020, Finch sent messages describing his desire to perform sexual acts with a 12-year-old boy.
After his arrest, Finch told police that he had never had sex with minors, but that he may have sent the messages when he was “twisted,” according to The Daily Telegraph.
Finch pleaded guilty through his lawyer McGirr to a single charge of using a transport service to share child abuse material. He never spoke directly to anyone.
The State of Origin hero, who had faced seven charges before six were withdrawn, will now face sentencing in September in the District Court.
Outside court, McGirr told Daily Mail Australia: “There will be subjective material obtained in relation to my client’s mental health and possible substance abuse problems.”
The former NRL player admitted a single charge of using a transport service to share child abuse material via his lawyer Paul McGirr on Tuesday. He is pictured reporting to St George police station in December last year
It was alleged that Finch participated in a child abuse chat group and shared illegal material through a hotline for gay adults.
McGirr told Daily Mail Australia his client had been “swept up” in a wider police investigation into other men’s activities.
“Brett Finch was not the focus of the investigation and in that particular respect his offending was isolated,” McGirr said.
“He does not know any of the co-accused and has not offended in the almost 12 months prior to his arrest.”
During the Strike Force Hank investigation conducted by the NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad in December 2021, Finch was initially charged with using a transport service to distribute, publish or promote child abuse material.
As part of the NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Strike Force Hank investigation, eight men aged between 34 and 71 were arrested in raids across Sydney, Coffs Harbor and Shoal Bay, including Finch.
Finch was arrested on December 14 and his Sans Souci home searched in December 2021, with his mobile phone seized.
Following the initial charges, Finch has been on conditional bail which requires him to visit the police once a week, avoid social media, avoid contact with anyone under 16 and stay away from places known to be frequented by children.
Finch has pleaded guilty to using a transport service to share child abuse material
He played 330 first grade games for the Raiders, Roosters, Eels, Wigan Warriors and Melbourne Storm in the NRL and English Super League.
In 2009, Finch won the NRL premiership with the Storm, although the title was stripped from them for breaching the salary cap.
During an injury crisis in State of Origin, he famously kicked the series-winning field goal for the New South Wales Blues.
He has spoken publicly about his alcohol and drug addictions over the years.