Defence sentencing submissions said Mc Cormack had been 'cured of his idolisations of children' - but 'will always have to be on guard for it'.

The operation was clearly planned in advance, with police shooting more than two minutes of footage to distribute to the media.

Mc Cormack stood sheepishly on the side of the highway in a navy suit as officers methodically took apart his car.

This is Ben Mc Cormack's sick online chat buddy - a Catholic primary school teacher who fantasised about raping little boys as young as three.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal detectives caught the disgraced A Current Affair journalist after stumbling upon his vile conversations with Mathew Paul Reale.

'It's not your mess I've created, it's mine,' he wrote in a suicide note.

He was admitted to hospital and at one point even checked every hour.

The former congressman blames leakers in the FBI – and former FBI Director Comey – for injecting his case into the election and causing Weiner and his family extreme duress.'By 2009, Anthony's national prominence had reached new heights...

At the same time, smartphones and the proliferation of social media platforms had begun to transform users' connectivity and frequency of access to online communications.'Anthony - who prided himself on being accessible to his constituents - moved quickly to capitalize on these new technologies, developing a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, and responding to and engaging with members of the public who reached out to him.'Anthony began to exchange texts and other messages with constituents and admirers alike.

He was filled with dread each time he turned up to court. His Skype chat buddy, Reale, has pleaded guilty to one count of producing child exploitation material, nine counts of distributing child exploitation, and one count of using electronic communication with intent to procure a person under the age of 16 years for sexual activity.

As he walked towards the Downing Centre to plead guilty to two counts of publishing, transmitting or promoting child abuse material in September, Channel Ten cameras caught him saying: 'I'm starting to feel sick'.'Suck it in! Another man Mc Cormack spoke to - white collar West Australian professional Leon Mario Berger - has pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.

Raids would soon be carried out at his unit in Alexandria and at Nine's offices in Willoughby, sending shockwaves through the media.