Manly Rookie charged with Intentionally Filming Sex Act

Manly rookie Manase Fainu has been charged by NSW police with intentionally filming a sex act without consent last week. It was reported by The Daily Telegraph that the rookie, who was selected to make his first grade debut last week, was charged and appeared in court around May regarding the charges.

It was alleged by NSW police that Fainu "intentionally recorded intimate image without consent.” Whilst the sex was consensual, it is believed that Fainu put the act on Snapchat. While it was taken down immediately following the woman contacting police, police charged Fainu. 

During his court appearance in May, Fainu asked that the matter be dealt under section 32 of the mental health act. A section 32 application is open to “a defendant who has a developmental disability, a mental illness or a mental condition for which treatment is available in a mental health facility, but who is not a mentally ill person.”

Manly were apparently reserved about selecting Fainu, however the NRL opted against standing down the 19-year-old. It is understood that Manly are permitted to select the hooker under a decision is made in court regarding the charges. 

If found guilty, Fainu faces the prospect of having his NRL contract torn up. A suspension and/or fines are also possible penalties that could be dealt by both the NRL and the Manly Sea Eagles. It is known that Fainu has been contemplating about quitting the game to take up a Mormon mission, however that decision hasn't been made clear yet. 


Excerpts taken from the original article found at


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