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Ex-Wigan Warriors man supported by wife despite child abuse material court case

Ex-Wigan Warriors stand-off Brett Finch is facing time in jail.

A Challenge Cup winner with the Warriors and a State of Origin winner, now his reputation has crumbled following a descent from the heights of stardom to the middle of a child abuse court case in which he has pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to make available child abuse material. In the case, a gay sex chat site is playing a sizeable role.

During this court case, the former stand-off has revealed how a deal for two grams of cocaine sparked this entire controversy which has him facing jail time.

As was revealed in the court case according to Fox Sport, Finch was sadly consumed by drug addiction leaving him, according to Fox League, using up to 25 grams of cocaine a week.

This led to an interaction with his dealer who only had two grams of cocaine leaving Finch asking where he could get more so she called her supplier.

During the call, the dealer also asked if her supplier had any methamphetamine for her use. The supplier didn’t but he said he had previously used FastMeet – a sex chat service for gay and bisexual men – to get some.

As a male chat service, Finch agreed to leave a message on behalf of his female dealer in exchange for the remaining grams of cocaine for free.

Later, during one of his three stints of rehabilitation, he heard men talking about how methamphetamine made them hypersexual. So, when left desperate for drugs during the pandemic where dealers were less easy to get to, he turned to FastMeet.

Over a three month period from November to January he left seven messages for other users in which he expressed a desire to engage in sexual acts with teenagers.

In Finch’s own words however, he only had one thing on his mind. According to Fox League, he said, “When I was leaving these messages, I had the blinkers on, my only goal was to source drugs.”

He also said that he stopped using the service when a man replied to one of his messages inviting him to engage in the sexual abuse of a child and denied having sexual interest in children.

Nonetheless, the former five-eighth is still facing jail time and will learn his fate in the next month as he awaits on bail for sentencing.

But what will give him hope is that the Daily Mail is reporting that his wife, Elli Johnston, stands by him.

Daughter of former Melbourne player Wayne Johnston, the two met when Finch was playing for the Storm.

The Daily Mail has reported that she has stood by him throughout the trial and will continue to do so.

In the past, when going through rehab, Finch has described her as a “blessing” and it seems she has been throughout this period with the two “definitely still together” despite all that is going on.

Finch will learn his fate next month.

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