FORMER Super League and NRL star Brett Finch has learned his fate after pleading guilty to one count of using a carriage service to make available child abuse material.
The ex-Wigan Warriors and Melbourne Storm halfback has been spared prison but will serve a two-year sentence in the community, which involves supervision, mental health treatment and random drug testing, according to 9News reporter Tiffiny Genders.
Finch was arrested almost a year ago after an extended police investigation into the distribution of child abuse material online with the disgraced star admitted to sending sexually-charged messages about young boys on a phone chat service, but claiming they were to fuel his drug habit.
Messages that Finch sent on the service – which included a description of perverse acts – were deemed unfit to print due to their nature.
Judge Mahony said the messages sent by Finch were graphic, “highly depraved and sexualised” and constituted child abuse material.
Finch played a total of 270 games for the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, and Melbourne Storm in the NRL, winning a premiership with Melbourne in 2009 and playing three State of Origins for NSW.
The halfback enjoyed a spell in Super League with Wigan, registering 60 appearances between 2011 and 2012.