Ex-Super League and NRL star Brett Finch has been given a date for his sentencing following a conviction of guilty for ‘using a carriage service to make available child abuse material’.
The sentencing date is October 17 with Finch originally pleading guilty to one charge two months ago.
That guilty plea meant that six other charges were dropped, but that one charge could carry 15 years in prison.
The Australian halfback was arrested back in December 2021 after a police investigation found a ring of adult males declaring their interest in having sex with pubescent and teenage boys.
After a convicted child sex offender was arrested, police in the state of Victoria investigated his use of the app ‘FastMeet’ – a chat service on which police found a link to Finch with some messages too graphic to print.
Some of those alleged messages from Finch includes the following indecent sentence: “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.”
The former State of Origin representative confirmed he had used the app in conversations involving inappropriate relations with young boys but that he may have been ‘twisted’ or under the influence of an unknown substance.
It has also been revealed, by the Sunday Telegraph, that Finch was set to take a post in junior rugby league before the story first appeared after agreeing to coach the Coogee Wombats under-16s.
The NSWRL then confirmed that Finch’s now-revoked ‘Working With Children Check’ will permanently be cancelled.
“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,” NSWRL said in a statement.
The former halfback made three appearances for New South Wales for State of Origin, but never appeared for Australia. He registered 60 appearances for Wigan in 2011 and 2012, becoming a fan’s favourite at the time.
Finch hung up his boots at the end of 2013 after a short spell with the Melbourne Storm.