Panthers Player Tyrone May Arrested & Charged Over Sex Tape
Penrith NRL player Tyrone May has been charged with recording and distributing sex videos of two women without their knowledge.
May, 22, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after footage of intimate acts with the two women were leaked on social media over the weekend.
The Panthers' utility has been charged with two counts of recording intimate images without consent and two counts of disseminating images without consent.
He is accused of filming the women without their knowledge while he engaged in sexual acts on separate occasions at Coffs Harbour and Kingswood in western Sydney last year.
May was released on bail after declining to be interviewed, police said.
Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden told reporters the two women reported the film to police after family and friends informed them it was being shared by internet trolls.
Both women have said they were unaware they were being filmed and did not consent to the images being distributed.
"There's no doubt that what's taken place is a serious breach of trust, a violation of the rights of these women," Det Supt McFadden said.
He warned anyone caught sharing the footage could be liable for an offence.
The NRL is embroiled in yet another scandal as @PenrithPanthers player Tyrone May faces charges for allegedly filming and disseminating sexual acts with two women, without their knowledge and consent. #TheLatest #7News pic.twitter.com/rSuFav08Vs— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 5, 2019
Under NSW's revenge porn laws, offenders face up to three years in jail and an $11,000 fine while offenders who refuse to take down material could face an extra two years in jail and a $5500 fine.
Det Supt McFadden said the crime could devastate victims' self-confidence, self-esteem and their future relationships.
"It's a humiliating thing to become public. The fact that their permission and consent has been totally neglected ... is totally unacceptable," he said.
He would not rule out further charges being laid but confirmed the investigation was ongoing.
May's arrest comes after revelations on Monday that Penrith were aware of another lewd video circulating on social media involving two other Panthers players, including one first-grader.
An NRL spokesman said a decision on their players' immediate future was unlikely to be made on Tuesday.
May is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on May 1.