NRL player Tyrone May has pleaded guilty to four criminal charges, including filming a sex tape without the other person’s consent.
May was last year charged with eight counts of capturing and disseminating intimate footage of two women in separate incidents in Coffs Harbour and Kingswood.
Nine News reports the Penrith Panthers player, 23, today agreed to a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped four charges, including the charges relating to sharing the videos.
The victims were reportedly notified of the footage by friends and family members after it was shared on social media.
The Herald Sun reports neither woman was aware they were being filmed, and neither consented to the material being shared online.
May was one of the first NRL players sidelined as a result of the league’s new no-fault stand down rules, which prevent athletes from competing after being charged with a criminal matter.
He did not play a match during the 2019 season, but maintained his training regimen with the side.
The offence of recording without consent carries a maximum three-year jail term.
He will face sentencing on January 31.
Recording, sharing, or threatening to share an intimate image without consent is a criminal offence across much of Australia.
If you’d like to report image based abuse to police or get help removing an intimate image from social media, reach out to the Australian eSafety Commissioner here.
If you’d like to speak to someone about image based abuse, please call the 1800 Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online.
Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.