Former Super League and NRL star Brett Finch is heading for a lifetime rugby league ban after pleading guilty to calling a sex hotline to share child abuse material.
The former Wigan Warriors, Melbourne Storm, Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders halfback was at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court last week where it was revealed that Finch fantasised about having sex with a 12-year-old boy in disturbing voice messages he sent via an online sex chat service, according to the Daily Mail.
Those messages left by Finch on the service were revealed in court, with some of the interactions too vulgar to make it into the mainstream news.
Some of those messages include: “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.”
However, it has also been revealed, by the Sunday Telegraph that Finch almost took a role in junior rugby league before the story first came to light, and was set to join the coaching staff for the Coogee Wombats under-16s.
“The Working with Children Check is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW. Any person convicted of child sexual offences as an adult would not be cleared to work with children.”
Finch will be sentenced at Downing Centre Local Court in September, where he could be given a 15-year sentence for spreading the illicit material via message-sharing applications on his phone.
The former halfback made three appearances for New South Wales for State of Origin, but never appeared for Australia as he registered 60 appearances for Wigan in 2011 and 2012.
Finch would then hang up his boots at the end of 2013 after a Melbourne Storm cameo.