The disgraced ex-NRL player Brett Finch’s wife has shockingly broken her silence. Finch was found guilty of distributing ‘depraved’ child sex abuse material online while suffering from a terrible cocaine addiction.
Elli Johnston pledged to support her fallen husband in a statement after he barely avoided prison last month, but on Thursday she claimed the pair, who have a 3-year-old daughter, are now taking some “time away” to “heal” after the “worst 12-months of their life.”
It has been a really difficult experience for Brett, Mackenzie, and I. And now, Mr. Johnston told the Daily Telegraph, “(we) need time to grieve both personally and as a family.”
Ms. Johnston, who is the daughter of Carlton AFL legend and Australian Football Hall of Famer Wayne Johnston, began dating Finch in 2013 and later wed him in 2018.
She has paid homage to her daughter’s fortitude on social media since Finch was accused, but she hasn’t shared a single image or video of her husband.
Finch, who played 270 NRL games over the course of a 14-year career, is said to currently subsist only on Centrelink handouts after receiving negative responses to 300+ employment applications.
It is believed that he stays at his house in southern Sydney very seldom.
Officers overheard the former halfback’s “twisted” talks in a chat room on the internet called FastMeet in December 2021, and he was detained and charged with using a carriage service to broadcast or encourage child abuse.
Finch got caught up in a larger investigation carried out by agents from the NSW Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad under the name Strike Force Hank.
On November 23, Finch was given a $1,000, two-year good behavior bail in Sydney’s Downing Center District Court by Judge Phillip Mahony.
When Finch sent a slew of “twisted” remarks on a homosexual chat line expressing his desire to conduct sex acts on youngsters as young as 12, he was under the influence of narcotics.
In court, Finch stated that he was ashamed of himself for making the calls and said that his main goal was to get cocaine since his drug use had “spiraled out of control.”
Judge Mahony called Finch’s behavior “extremely wicked,” although he conceded that it was more due to his long-term cocaine addiction than to any real interest in children.
Finch had no prior convictions, had generously donated his time to teaching junior football and charitable activities, and had a low likelihood of reoffending.
Judge Mahony noted that the former player behaved alone while engaging in drug-fueled binges and added, “I accept that he is truly sorry for his offending behavior.”
When Finch committed his internet crimes, the NSW District Court was informed that he was using cocaine at a rate of up to 25 grams per week, which is regarded as dangerously excessive consumption.
Finch has spoken openly about his prior issues with drugs and alcohol.
He formerly enjoyed success as a paid public speaker and generously donated his time to organizations, but he had since “lost everything.”
I can see why nobody wants to approach me, Finch remarked.
I’m sorry for hurting so many other people, and I have no one else but myself to blame.
Finch’s offense was not driven by sexual desire, according to psychologist Chris Lennings, but it was crucial that the former football player undergo drug testing.
He does not seem to have a sexual deviance, in my opinion, according to Dr. Lennings.