Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Facing 2 More Rape Charges in Arizona

Darren Sharper 
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Darren Sharper 
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Former NFL player Darren Sharper, who is already in custody in Los Angeles on seven rape and drug counts, has been indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, authorities told ESPN.

This is the latest development in several ongoing sexual-assault investigations involving the 38-year-old one-time All-Pro safety. Currently there are ongoing investigations in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada, ESPN reports.

Sharper has pleaded not guilty to charges in Los Angeles in connection with two alleged attacks in Hollywood. Sharper had been freed on $1 million bail until an arrest warrant was issued in a New Orleans case, ESPN reports.


Alleged sexual assaults committed by Sharper in Tempe in November lead to a grand jury indictment, the Tempe Police Department in Arizona told ESPN.

According to police reports viewed by ESPN, two women said they were sexually assaulted by Sharper at a Tempe apartment on Nov. 21. One of the women told police she suspected she had been drugged before she was attacked.

The California judge instructed prosecutors in New Orleans to present their plan as to whether they were going to indict Sharper by Thursday. According to ESPN, New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said the case remained under investigation, but there were no plans to indict Sharper by the deadline.  

Sharper played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and another with the New Orleans Saints. He was selected as an All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times, ESPN reports.


In 2010, Sharper retired from the NFL and was working as an analyst for the NFL Network before being fired last week.

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