Brett Finch

Ex-NRL star, footy commentator Brett Finch ARRESTED as part of investigation into child abuse material

A former State of Origin footy star has been charged for his alleged involvement in sharing child abuse material.

Brett Finch, who played for a host of NRL teams including the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters, was one of eight men arrested as part of NSW Police operation Strike Force Hank.

The former NSW representative was taken to Kogarah Police Station on Tuesday morning and charged with five counts of use carriage service transmit or publish or promote child abuse.

He was granted bail to appear in a Sydney court on January 11.

“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,” Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty said.

Brett Finch has been arrested in Sydney.

Brett Finch has been arrested in Sydney. Credit: COLIN WHELAN/AAPIMAGE

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.

In a statement, NSW Police confirmed they executed search warrants at a number of properties including Petersham, Cranebrook, Coffs Harbour, Shoal Bay, Gerroa, Surry Hills and Stanmore.

Seven men, aged between 34 and 71, were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement.

Finch was arrested as part of further investigations.

The 40-year-old played 270 NRL games after starting his career at the Canberra Raiders.

He spent two seasons playing in the UK for Wigan Warriors before he returned to the Storm and retired in 2013.

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