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Aussie 'Biggest Loser' edits team out after child pornography charges

By Christopher Rocchio, 01/26/2010 

A contestant on Australia's upcoming The Biggest Loser installment has been forced the season to be "radically re-edited" after he was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.

Deryck James Ward was charged by Queensland police on January 16 with one count of possessing child exploitation material and one count of using the Internet to access images of child exploitation, Australia's Courier Mail reported Monday.

Ward had competed on The Biggest Loser's fifth season -- which is scheduled to premiere Sunday night -- with his older sister, however Network Ten and the show's FremantleMedia Australia production company have cut all footage of the pair from the season, according to the Courier Mail.

"Given the seriousness of these charges and that this matter is to be resolved in the courts, the network decided it will not broadcast any episode in which Mr. Ward would have appeared," a Ten spokeswoman told the Courier Mail.

"We believe this is in every party's interest, including Mr. Ward's."

The two were the second pair eliminated from the competition, which has reportedly been filming in Sydney for several months. The series has since been re-edited to follow nine teams instead of 10, according to the Courier Mail.

Ward -- who was billed as a 26-year-old communications specialist -- is set to appear in court on March 8.

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