NRL star released on bail, faces a charge of aggravated sexual assault: Aussie media reports

NRL star Jarryd Hayne. Picture: FT FILE/Zak Simmonds

Jarryd Hayne was released on bail in the early hours of today after being charged with aggravated sexual assault and will face court next month, according to reports by news.com.au.

According to the Australian news website, the out-of-contract NRL star handed himself into police yesterday afternoon after a sexual assault allegation was made by a woman who, according to reports, alleged she suffered injuries during an initially consensual sexual encounter with Hayne in the Hunter Valley on September 30 this year.

The report goes on to say that after voluntarily attending Sydney’s Ryde police station, he was arrested and subsequently charged by police.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on December 10, a police statement said, without naming Hayne.

“Police will allege in court that the man attended a home in the Hunter region on Sunday, 30 September 2018, and sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman,” the statement read.

The assault allegedly took place on the night of the NRL Grand Final. It was reported Hayne declined to be formally interviewed.

After questioning by detectives from the sex crimes squad, Hayne was charged with aggravated sexual assault — inflicting actual bodily harm, according to the report.

It is understood the alleged victim was interviewed by the NRL’s integrity unit before the matter was referred to police.

A spokeswoman for NSW Police told news.com.au: “Police are investigating following reports a woman was sexually assaulted by a 30-year-old man in late September.

“The investigation is being led by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.”

A two-time Dally M Medallist, Hayne is one of the biggest names in the NRL thanks largely to his magical run to help Parramatta to the 2009 grand final. He has played 11 Tests for Australia and 23 State of Origins for NSW and scored 121 tries in 214 NRL games.

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