Former New Orleans Saints DB Darren Sharper Charged With Rape In California
Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has been charged in Los Angeles with 2 felony counts of rape, one felony counts of possessing a controlled substance, and 4 felony counts of furnishing a controlled substance.
Sharper was arraigned this morning, and if found guilty, could face more than 30 years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking to set bail at $10 million, because he faces similar charges in other states. According to wwltv.com, Sharper is being investigated for sexual assault in New Orleans, and according to the Los Angeles D.A. Jackie Lacey’s statement, he is suspected of similar charges in Arizona and Nevada.
Sharper allegedly used zolpidem and morphine to sedate women he met at a nightclub in West Hollywood. He’s accused of raping a woman he drugged in October, and another in January.
Here is the statement released by Los Angeles D.A. Jackie Lacey about the case.
[Deputy District Attorney Stacy] Okun-Wiese “will ask a judge to raise his bail to $10 million because Sharper, who lives in Miami, Fla., is suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.”
In a motion filed today to increase his bail, prosecutors said Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013, and invited them to another party.
The two women then left the hotel.
On Jan. 14, Sharper met two separate women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and invited them to a party. Stopping at his hotel, he allegedly invited both up to his room, offered them a shot, and each passed out.
When they woke up hours later on Jan. 15, one woman believed she’d been sexually assaulted. Both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.
Sharper played in the NFL for 14 years, spending the last two on the New Orleans Saints roster. During the 2009 Super Bowl season with the Saints, he led the NFL in interceptions, interception return touchdowns, and interception return yards.
After retiring, Sharper worked as an analyst and reporter for the NFL Network. He was suspended indefinitely from his position last month, when he was taken into custody on sexual assault charges.