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The solicitor of Brett Finch comes out firing after former halfback’s arrest

It was a story that left the rugby league fraternity in total shock, but the bail conditions of former Super League and NRL star Brett Finch have been revealed, with his solicitor also speaking out.

Finch, 40, was arrested and charged with five counts of alleged use carriage service transmit or publish or promote child abuse, according to the Daily Telegraph.

He was granted conditional police bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

Finch is not alone in the alleged crime, with another seven men being arrested as part of the Strike Force Hank investigation by the NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

The Squad seized mobile phones, electronic items and illicit drugs to help their ongoing investigation into the alleged sharing of child abuse material through an adult telephone service.

“We will allege that each of the men arrested by detectives over the past month expressed desires to engage in sexual activity with children, and in some cases, attempted to access child abuse material from other users of the service,” Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty said.

“Producing, disseminating or possessing child abuse material are serious offences, and detectives will continue to dismantle these types of operations, so children are free from harmful situations, exploitation and abuse.”

Police sources have also alleged that Finch was accessing online chat rooms where the offending occurred, with police then tracing the electronic devices, allegedly, to Finch and seven others.

In a 15-year NRL career, Finch played 330 games for Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Melbourne. He also represented NSW between 2004 and 2006, whilst his spell with the Wigan Warriors in Super League yielded 60 appearances.

Finch’s bail conditions ban him from being around young children and from accessing social media or the internet, the Daily Mail has reported.

The 40-year-old also cannot ‘communicate or attempt to communicate’ with any person under the age of 16 years, except in the case of immediate family.

The court order reportedly restricts him from going anywhere near places where children may gather, including video arcades, playgrounds, schools, child care facilities, concerts or sporting venues.

However, Finch’s solicitor has come out firing in defence of the former halfback.

Solicitor Paul McGirr was keen to emphasise that it was not alleged Finch had shared any child abuse material.

“And there’s no evidence from the police to suggest otherwise,” McGirr said.

“We don’t know who’s making those alleged comments. At this stage, it is a defended matter – there is nothing more I can add. All we have at this stage are scant details.

“It would be foolish for anyone to comment or pass judgement on Brett or the matter.”

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