Former NFL safety Darren Sharper has been charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs and five other drug-related felonies, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Here’s what you need to know about Sharper’s arrest.
1. Authorities Opened an Investigation Into Sharper in January
Police first began to investigate Sharper after he was arrested on January 17, 2014 in connection to two sexual assaults in West Los Angeles. He was released on $200,000 bail.
The 38-year-old was formally charged Friday in L.A.
Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese is asking a judge to increase Sharper’s bail to $10 million because of the rape allegations in other states.
If convicted, he’s facing a prison sentence of more than 30 years.
You can check out the January 18 press release below.
2. He Allegedly Drugged and Raped Women in 4 States
Los Angeles County prosecutors believe Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on October 30, 2013, and invited them to a party. En route to the party, Sharper allegedly invited the women to his hotel room and offered them a drink.
According to the Times-Picayune, Sharper allegedly used “liquid shots possibly containing Ambien and morphine, causing his victims to pass out.”
The first allegations against Sharper occurred on September 22, 2013, in New Orleans. Sharper, who was working for NFL Network at the time, went out to celebrate the Saints’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Sharper allegedly met a woman at a local night club and invited her back to his apartment at 701 Tchoupitoulas St., according to NOLA.com.
Check out the location of the alleged incident, Sharper’s New Orleans apartment, in the map below.
The woman, although admittedly drinking a lot of alcohol, purported that a sexual assault occurred sometime in the early morning of September 23. Although the alleged victim reported the incident to police, no charges have been filed against Sharper.
Check out the incident report below.
News of the rape investigation in New Orleans first broke after Sharper was booked in Los Angeles in January on two unrelated sexual assault charges.
Sharper is also believed to have committed sexual assaults in Nevada and Arizona, but no additional details are immediately available about those allegations.
3. His Attorney Maintains His Innocence
Sharper’s attorney in New Orleans, Nandi Campbell, released a statement in January saying there was insufficient evidence in the case against her client.
She released the following statement, per NOLA.com:
No evidence suggests or implies that a sexual assault occurred. The totality of the witnesses’ statements and the physical evidence support the police department and district attorney’s decision not to file criminal charges at this time.”
4. He Played 14 NFL Seasons
Sharper played 14 NFL seasons for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He made six Pro Bowls (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009) and won Super Bowl XLIV as a member of the Saints.
You can watch his best highlights from the 2009-10 season below.
5. He Worked for NFL Network After Retirement
Sharper joined the NFL Network as an analyst in 2012. In January 2014, the network suspended him without pay effective immediately.
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