D-Day arrives for disgraced NRL star Brett Finch

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Disgraced ex-NRL star Brett Finch will learn his fate on Wednesday morning as he fights to avoid jail time on child abuse charges.

The former premiership-winning halfback, Home State hero and broadcaster will proceed to Sydney’s Downing Center District Court where he will be sentenced by Judge Phillip Mahony.

Finch, 41, admitted to sending a series of sexual messages about young boys in a gay sex chat service, but blamed his offense on his drug addiction.

Le pleaded guilty to one count of using a transport service to make child pornography available after he was arrested at his Sans Souci home in December last year following an investigation 13 month police officer.

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Camera iconFormer NRL star Brett Finch will be sentenced on Wednesday. NewsWire/Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia

According to a statement of agreed facts, between November 2020 and January 2021, Finch used the FastMeet service to leave a message for other men about wanting to have sex with teenage boys and young boys as young as 12. .

He left seven voicemails on the service on six separate occasions, each providing a description of himself before expressing his desire to engage in sex acts with young boys.

“Yeah, hey buddy, married, 39, handsome guy, smooth muscular body, 6ft, 85lbs, 7in cut c***,” he said in a post before describing his desire to engaging in sexual activity with young boys.

Many voicemails left by Finch are too vulgar to print.

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Camera iconBrett Finch denies having a sexual interest in children. NCA NewsWire/Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia

At the time, Victorian police were monitoring the ward as they pursued a convicted sex offender.

Finch told the court he had struggled with drug addiction since retirement and at one point was using up to 25 grams of cocaine a week.

He said a drug dealer told him he could use FastMeet – a gay chat service for men – to get drugs.

Additionally, he claimed that during one of his three stints in rehab, he overheard men talking in group therapy about methamphetamine making them “hypersexual.”

Finch explained that in his mind, if he left a “twisted” message, those who responded would likely be high and could help him score points.

2009 NRL Grand Final. Melbourne Storm v Parramatta Eels.  ANZ Stadium.  Brett Finch with the trophy
Camera iconBrett Finch, seen here after winning the NRL Grand Final in Melbourne in 2009, says he struggled after retirement. Credit: Limited News

However, he claimed to have left the last of his six messages in January after a user replied inviting him to meet and engage in child abuse.

He said he then realized the results of his actions and he told the other man he was a “sick f***”.

“When I was leaving those messages I had my blinders on, my only goal was to get drugs,” Finch told the court earlier this year.

By Finch’s own admission, the messages were “sick” and he was “disgusted” within himself, vehemently denying he was interested in children.

Finch also denied that the messages were fantasies, but rather a desperate attempt to score drugs.

Police found no child abuse videos or images on their devices, the court heard.

When he was arrested, he also offered his phone and computer to the officers.

Brett Finch was arrested at his Sans Souci home last year.  New South Wales Police
Camera iconBrett Finch was arrested at his Sans Souci home last year. New South Wales Police Credit: Provided

He has spoken openly about his struggles after retiring in 2013 and his inability to return to the heights of first-year rugby league.

Finch played in two major final defeats for the Sydney Roosters in 2003 and 2004, before winning a grand final with star-studded Melbourne in 2009.

His moment of glory came in 2006 when, after being called into camp in the 11th hour, he kicked the winning field goal for NSW in State of Origin’s opener.

He played 270 games in the NRL during spells at Canberra, the Roosters, Parramatta and Melbourne, as well as 60 games in the English Super League.

In retirement, he embarked on a career as a commentator with Fox Sports, 2GB and Channel 9, but quit them all amid his personal troubles.

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