Disgraced former NRL star Brett Finch’s new life uncovered following child abuse material conviction

Brett Finch was a high-profile NRL star and then media identity before his life was left in tatters following a conviction over child abuse material.

Now the 42-year-old is trying to slowly rebuild his life through a job working in a forklift training centre, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.

Finch avoided jail time and was handed a two-year community sentence after pleading guilty to one child abuse material charge.

Finch left vile child abuse messages via a sex chat service in an attempt to obtain drugs, a court heard at his initial sentencing hearing on October 17, 2022,

The comments were made over a three-month period beginning in November 2020 and included a desire to have sex with pubescent and teenage boys.

Prior to his new job, the reclusive Finch had been living off Centrelink, The Daily Telegraph reports, having unsuccessfully applied for a vast number of jobs.

He now makes an early start every day, donning his company’s green work polo shirt to head to work from his beachside Sydney home.

Finch reportedly needs to answer another charge in Sutherland Local Court later this month over breaching the strict conditions of his release.

But his lawyer Paul McGirr said Finch had been “exemplary” since his sentencing.

“On the anniversary of his sentence, for the next eight years, he’s got to check in with the police of his local area,” McGirr said.

“It’s alleged that on the anniversary of his sentence last year he hasn’t done that.

“He’s been dealing with the police at least 12 times throughout the year, updating his details and complying with his obligations.

“He’s complied with every obligation that he’s had and he’s been exemplary.”

Finch, who has a daughter from a previous marriage, is determined to get his life back on track.

McGirr added that some of his parole conditions had been removed due to his recent behaviour.

“He’s done so well that probation and parole don’t need to see him … (they) have now suspended his need for interaction, because he’s doing so well,” Mr McGirr said.

“As I’ve stressed and as the Judge found, this man does not have interest in children and is not a pedophile.

“But now we’ve got to go back before the court, where I’ll be seeking he receives no conviction for this (latest alleged breach).

“Everything he’s doing is to get himself back on track. As the court found and I stress, the bloke is not a pedophile.”

Finch played over 300 games as a halfback and five-eighth during his career in Australia and the UK, reaching three NRL grand finals, and also represented the Blues three times at Origin level.

He also had successful stints in the media, but battled mental health and drug issues prior to his conviction.

Check out more details and photos of Brett Finch in his new job at The Daily Telegraph.

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