Ex-NFL Player Darren Sharper to Be Arraigned

The former football star is accused of drugging and raping seven women across four states. 

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Former pro football player Darren Sharper appears in Los Angeles court, along with his attorneys Leonard Levine and Blair Berk, Feb. 14, 2014.

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday in Los Angeles following allegations that he drugged and raped at least seven women in four states, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 38-year-old was charged last week on seven drug and rape counts involving four women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. According to the Times, additional allegations in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz., are still being investigated.

Sharper, who has not entered a plea, remained free on $200,000 bail after his arrest in January, but he had to surrender his passport, stay away from the club and remain in Los Angeles. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

His attorneys, however, remain unfazed. "We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case, and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded," attorney Blair Berk said.

Prosecutors are accusing Sharper of using zolpidem (more commonly known as the sleeping aid Ambien) on his alleged victims before assaulting them.

Although charges are currently being filed only in Los Angeles, officials from other areas are leaving their cases open, and the Los Angeles Police Department is still searching for more victims.

"Anytime we have a case like this, we are looking for more victims," LAPD commander Andrew Smith told the news site.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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