NRL: Penrith Panthers' Tyrone May arrested over sex tapes

May in action against the Warriors last season.
May in action against the Warriors last season. Photo credit: Getty

NSW Police have arrested and charged NRL player Tyrone May over the Penrith sex tapes scandal.

The Panthers playmaker turned himself into Penrith police station on Tuesday where he was arrested and charged with two counts of recording intimate image without consent and two counts of disseminate image without consent.

Under NSW's revenge porn laws, offenders face up to three years in jail and an $AU11,000 ($NZ11,439) fine.

Offenders who refuse to take down material could face an extra two years in jail and a $AU5500 ($NZ5719) fine.

The NRL will now consider whether to stand down the 22-year-old under it's new behavioural policy which was introduced by the ARL Commission last week.

An NRL spokesman said a decision on May's immediate future was unlikely to be made on Tuesday.

It is alleged May filmed two women without their knowledge while he engaged in sexual acts on separate occasions at Coffs Harbour and Kingswood in western Sydney last year.

Both women were unaware they were being filmed and did not consent to the recording or its distribution.

They became aware of the videos in recent days - with May one of three Panthers players identified in the footage - and reached out to police.

The 22-year-old May has been granted bail and will face Penrith local court on May 1.

The May tapes were released on the internet last Friday before another video involving two other Penrith players was released on Monday.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said on Monday that May was unlikely to be suspended for the tapes after the governing body last week set a precedent when Dylan Napa was fined 10 per cent of his salary, rather than stood down, over his own sex tape scandal.

However, May could now be stood down after he was charged by NSW police.

Under rules approved by the game's independent commission last week, Rugby League Central can automatically stand down players charged with crimes which carry a jail term of 11 years or more.

Greenberg also has the discretion to stand down a player who is charged with a less serious offence.