Big­gest Loser con­tes­tant jailed for child porn

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

A CON­TES­TANT on The Big­gest Loser who had to be edited out of the show af­ter be­ing ar­rested for pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy has been jailed for the of­fence.

For­mer Townsville Gram­mar stu­dent Deryck James Ward, 28, pleaded guilty in the Bris­bane District Court yes­ter­day to four counts of us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to ac­cess child porno­graphic ma­te­rial and one count of pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

The of­fences oc­curred be­tween De­cem­ber 2009 and Jan­uary last year.

Ward was a r r e s t e d o n Jan­uary 16 last year af­ter po­lice found the ob­jec­tion­able ma­te­rial at his home at Gaythorne, in Bris­bane’s north-west. Ward was sen­tenced to two years’ jail, and will be re­leased on a good be­hav­iour bond af­ter serv­ing six months.

He and his sis­ter had been con­tes­tants on the fifth sea­son of the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries The Big­gest Loser.

Af­ter Ward was charged, they were edited out of the show be­fore it went to air.

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