Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a woman in the Hunter region, north of Sydney.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.
It follows an investigation by NSW Police after receiving reports a woman had been sexually assaulted by a man in September after initially meeting him on social media.
Hayne was arrested by detectives at Ryde Police Station just after 4pm yesterday in relation to the incident and charged with “aggravated sexual assault-inflict actual bodily harm on victim”.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on December 10, 2018.
The ABC reports that Hayne’s bail conditions include reporting to police three times a week and surrendering his passport.
He is also prohibited from entering international airports or the Newcastle local government area, and must not contact the woman or any witness.
If Hayne breached these conditions he will have to pay $20,000.
Hayne is yet to comment on the charges.
Hayne’s career started at the Parramatta Eels in 2006. He left the NRL in 2014 to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL in the US. Despite being signed with the San Francisco 49ers, Hayne left his spot on the team for the opportunity to play for Fiji in the Olympics. When that fell through he returned to Australia to rejoin the NRL.
Hayne is currently without a club after finishing the 2018 season for Parramatta. The club has been reportedly considering offering him a new one-year deal for next season but this incident could change that.