Brett Finch, a former NRL player, is one of eight men in NSW accused of participating in a phone chat line where they reportedly discussed sexually abusing children and shared abuse-related material.
Finch is believed to be the 40-year-old man arrested on Tuesday at a residence in Sans Souci, Sydney's south, where police also recovered a cellphone.
He faces five counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish, or encourage child abuse and has been given conditional bail to appear before Sutherland local court next month.
Seven men, ranging in age from 34 to 71, were arrested after raids on houses in Surry Hills, Stanmore, Petersham, Cranebrook, Gerroa, Shoal Bay, and Coffs Harbour over the past month.
Brett Finch's Family: Wife and Children
Brett Finch is a married guy with one kid. Brett and his wife Elli Johnston had been together for almost five years before getting married in 2018.
They welcomed their first kid in 2019. Elli often posts moments of their daughter, Mackenzie Grace on her Instagram.
After 18 months into their married life. Brett checked out of a treatment clinic for drug and alcohol addiction. Furthermore, following an incident on an interstate flight, he booked himself into a mental health facility.
Brett is an ex-professional rugby league footballer from Australia who played in the 2000s and 2010s.
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He was a halfback for the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, and Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. He was a New South Wales State of Origin representative. Finch also played for the Wigan Warriors in the English Super League (with whom he won the 2011 Challenge Cup Final).
Brett won a premiership with Melbourne in 2009, and his biggest achievement was kicking a game-winning field goal for the Blues in the 2006 Origin opener.