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A former NRL star has been accused of using a gay sex hotline to discuss child abuse.

Brett Finch was charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child abuse material in December as part of an ongoing investigation by the NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

He was one of eight men aged between 34 and 71 charged as part of an investigation into the alleged sharing of child abuse material via a telephone chat line.

New allegations emerged from police after one of the men charged broke his silence on  Wednesday. 

Police will allege in court that Finch, 40, called the hotline twice in November 2020, another two times the following month and once in January 2021.

New allegations have emerged that Brett Finch (pictured) used a gay sex hotline to discuss child abuse

New allegations have emerged that Brett Finch (pictured) used a gay sex hotline to discuss child abuse

New allegations have emerged that Brett Finch (pictured) used a gay sex hotline to discuss child abuse

Police will allege in court that most calls occurred in the early hours of the morning between midnight and 5am.

Sources said it will be alleged in court Finch made comments about young boys during the phone calls. 

It comes as Henri Niezner, 72, from Sydney’s inner-west broke his silence over his alleged involvement.

He claims he struggled to find a free chat service to meet women during lockdown and settled on an adult phone service marketed as a ‘anonymous, safe and fast way to meet other like-minded guys’.

He told the Daily Telegraph he would use the hotline up to four times as a form of ‘escapism’ from alcoholism and depression.

He insists he did not know any of the other men allegedly involved.

Brett Finch (pictured reporting to St George Police in December) has been charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child abuse material

Brett Finch (pictured reporting to St George Police in December) has been charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child abuse material

Brett Finch (pictured reporting to St George Police in December) has been charged with five counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child abuse material

Brett Finch  (pictured) was one of the NRL's biggest stars during his 270-game career

Brett Finch  (pictured) was one of the NRL's biggest stars during his 270-game career

Brett Finch  (pictured) was one of the NRL’s biggest stars during his 270-game career

Niezner denied using the hotline to sought out child abuse material.

‘I didn’t mean to offend or upset or hurt anybody,’ he said.

Niezner was charged with using the hotline to transmit child abuse in a 10-minute call on December 2020 and will appear in Downing Centre Local Court on March 22.

Finch remains on bail and his lawyer has previously indicated his client will fight the charges.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges and will reappear in Sutherland Local Court on February 24. 

The strike force investigation is ongoing.  

Finch played for Canberra, the Roosters, Parramatta and the Melbourne Storm during his 270 NRL game career before he hung up the footy boots in 2013. 

He also played for NSW Origin team on three occasions.

He has previously discussed his battles with addiction following the end of his playing career, including stints in rehab in Thailand. 

Brett Finch (pictured with his wife Elli) will reappear in court on February 24

Brett Finch (pictured with his wife Elli) will reappear in court on February 24

Brett Finch (pictured with his wife Elli) will reappear in court on February 24

Source: Daily Mail

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