When Ben Ungermann was charged for drink-driving' on July 4, he reportedly 'blamed Master Chef pressure.'In a letter penned to Brisbane Magistrates court, he insisted the show's strict rules affected his mental state before the incident, which also involved a minor crash.'Since being back from the competition, I suffered from waves of depression and felt very lost in the real world,' the father-of-three wrote, according to The Courier Mail.'After being told when I could eat, go to the bathroom, sleep and awake every day and not be allowed to venture out without permission, I have found moving home to be difficult.'In the letter, the Masterchef runner-up said his desire to avoid attention after the show wrapped effectively turned him into a 'hermit.'The runner-up informed Magistrates he had consumed four glasses of wine without food when his girlfriend, Alicia Miller, called asking him to pick her up on May 26.Mr Mc Cormack said nothing as he left Redfern police station with his lawyer Sam Macedone, who regularly appears on A Current Affair, on Thursday night.He appeared drawn and had dark circles under his eyes as he emerged at about 6pm to a swarm of journalists shouting questions.Meanwhile, Thursday evening's episode of A Current Affair was forced to address the charges and led with a report on Mr Mc Cormack's arrest.Stand-in host Leila Mc Kinnon told viewers the programme intends to 'cover the story without fear or favour.''Here at A Current Affair, we've always given it to you straight and told it like it is, so let's get into it,' stand-in host Leila Mc Kinnon told viewers.'Tonight, one of our most senior reporters is facing serious charges involving child pornography offences.'Ben Mc Cormack, a 25-year veteran of the Nine Network was arrested today and charged by New South Wales Police with using a carriage service for child pornography material.'Ms Mc Kinnon, covering for regular host Tracy Grimshaw who was on assignment, also stressed that footage showing Mr Mc Cormack's face blurred was released by police that way and not done by anyone at A Current Affair.'And while justice must take its course, and given the serious nature of the allegations, Nine has taken a strong position and immediately suspended Ben Mc Cormack,' she added.'A Current Affair has a long history of pursuing offenders in these types of cases and we intend to cover this story without fear or favour.'We stress these charges relate to Ben Mc Cormack's alleged personal conduct and in no way reflect his behaviour within A Current Affair or the Nine Network.'The arrest - which occurred while Mr Mc Cormack's boss was overseas in Kuwait - sent shockwaves through Australia's media industry.'Strike force detectives commenced an investigation after becoming aware of a matter via the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), a joint-agency approach to tackling crimes against children,' police said in a statement.
One reporter loudly asked Mr Mc Cormack what he was thinking about when he was covering Hey Dad! As well as being the face of many of A Current Affair's consumer stories, he has doggedly chased child sex offenders and was instrumental in breaking stories about the Hey Dad! In 2010, Mr Mc Cormack pursued the former sitcom star to Singapore with allegations he molested his on-screen daughter Sarah Monahan.According to the paper, he was pulled over by the partner of Constable Leah Stevenson, who is the sister of fellow Season nine contestant Nicole.Very low-range: His blood alcohol level delivered a reading of 0.087, with the police rep saying: 'I in now way condone drink driving...Colleagues were stunned - with one shell-shocked co-worker describing him as 'hard working and decent' and dedicated to his job.The Nine Network stressed the offences do not relate to A Current Affair.The 42-year-old was suspended by the network after he allegedly had 'sexually explicit conversations' about children and discussed child pornography with another man.Mr Mc Cormark often used gay dating app 'Grindr' to look for 'young-looking' men of legal age to date, a former colleague revealed.'He's always on Grindr and having dates with young-looking men,' the colleague, who did not want to be named, told News Corp.Late on Thursday, police said their investigation is continuing.NSW Police said the Sex Crimes Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) conducts ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children online under Strike Force Trawler.The Courier Mail claimed the contestant revealed he hadn't consumed alcohol for seven months prior to the incident, but did not feel impaired.Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, a representative for Queensland police confirmed reports that Ben's vehicle collided with traffic at an intersection in Kangaroo point.