Ben McCormack, the Australian television reporter charged with sending child pornography material to a paedophile, has been hospitalised, his lawyer Sam Macedone confirmed on Monday (10 April).

The A Current Affair reporter had been due to appear at Redfern Police Station, where he is required to report to police twice weekly under the terms of his bail conditions. However, he was a no-show and law enforcement received a medical certificate instead.

According to Macedone, the 42-year-old star will be getting treatment for an unspecified amount of time. It is not known what he is being treated for.

He told news.com.au:"My instructions are he went to hospital [today], he'll probably be there a while. He is being assessed."

Macedone added to the Daily Mail that "it's a bit tragic."

McCormack was taken into custody following police raids on an apartment and the offices of his employer – the Nine Network – from where they seized computers, a mobile phone and an electronic storage device.

Following his arrest, Nine Network suspended McCormack, a journalist who has worked with the broadcaster for 20 years. A spokesperson for the company said at the time:"While justice must take its course, and given the serious nature of the allegations, Nine has taken a strong decision and immediately suspended Ben McCormack."

However, Macedone insists McCormack – who has been prohibited from going to public places where children are likely to be present − is a victim of inaccurate reporting.

"As I see it [the reports] is different from what I am reading in the fact sheet. What is being alleged isn't complete because as I understand it the police are still investigating matters", he told The Daily Telegraph. "I have no idea what the final allegations will be."

McCormack is scheduled to appear at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Monday 1 May.