Former 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne — who was also a massive international rugby star — was convicted of sexual assault Monday … and he’s now facing serious time behind bars.
A jury in Sydney, Australia found the 33-year-old guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent … after a woman had accused Hayne of getting violent with her in bed in Sept. 2018.
The woman claimed Hayne had performed sexual acts on her without her consent … and caused her serious injuries.
Hayne — who was ultimately charged with aggravated sexual intercourse without consent as well as two counts of sexual intercourse without consent — had denied the allegations, insisting it all was consensual and explaining the injuries were caused by accident.
A jury was hung on the charges at a trial last year … but a second jury convicted Hayne of the two counts of sexual intercourse without consent Monday after an 18-hour deliberation.
The jury found him not guilty of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent.
Hayne — who will have his sentencing hearing on May 6 — is now facing up to 14 years in prison.
Jarryd spoke with media members outside of the courthouse after the verdict Monday … and said he’d appeal the decision, insisting once again he was innocent.
“I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie,” Hayne said … “It’s unfortunate, it’s disappointing. But at the end of the day, they’ve come to the decision. I respect that.”
Hayne is a huge celeb in Australia — gaining fame for his accomplishments on the rugby pitch.
He famously left the sport in 2015 for a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers … but things ultimately didn’t work out despite flashes of some potential on the NFL field.
Ex-49ers RB Jarryd Hayne Convicted Of Sexual Assault, Faces 14 Years In Jail – TMZ