The ex-Manchester City forward has been found guilty of sexually abusing a 19-year-old girl in May 2011 while Port Vale's Clayton McDonald has been cleared of all charges.Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of rape.
The Wales international, 23, was found to have sexually abused a 19-year-old girl in a Rhyl hotel room in May 2011, though was told by the judge he can expect to serve half of his sentence.
The former Manchester City forward is believed to have forced himself on the woman, who was too drunk to be able to consent, an accusation which he denied.
Port Vale's Clayton McDonald, one of the striker's former City colleagues, has been cleared of the same charge.
Evans' lawyers said on his behalf: "Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him.
"Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision."
United released a statement on their website after the verdict, which read, "The Club recognizes the seriousness of these events and as such wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully."
Evans, who moved to Bramall Lane from City in the summer of 2009, has scored 35 goals in 42 games for the League One club this season.