Reale, 30, from Perth, was a recent university graduate teaching Year 6 and the star of a flamboyant joke video where he pretended to be Beyonce.But all the while he was keeping a secret stash of photos and videos of children 'engaging in sexual activity' - and sharing them with others.
'Sam, I've been arrested,' Mr Macedone recalled Mc Cormack saying. I found it a bit confronting.'I said, hang on, I'll be there straight away.'Mr Macedone found Mc Cormack at Redfern police station.
He learned the journalist had long been troubled by his thoughts about children and had been seeing psychiatrists for years.
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.
One journalist loudly asked Mc Cormack what he was thinking about when he was covering Hey Dad! He jumped in a car driven by veteran Nine cameraman Drew Benjamin.
Paparazzi even crashed into his car as they tailed him.It's not clear what's next - his career over and his name to be listed on the sex offender's register. Police raid A Current Affair offices in Willoughby and his home in Alexandria.Mc Cormack is charged that evening with one count of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography.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.It is a cosmopolitan erotic site, which covers members and models around the world.