During his days with the New Orleans Saints Darren Sharper was one of the best defensive backs in the game. Now he stands accused of being a serial rapist.
The news broke a few weeks ago that he was a person of interest in two cases in Los Angeles. Sharper, an analyst with the NFL Network, was immediately suspended until further notice. He has since been charged in those two cases, but it now appears that there may be as many as 11 other victims and a total of seven rapes.
In a press release the Los Angeles County District Attorney described two incidents in which Sharper brought two women back to a hotel room, gave them a shot of something to drink, and they passed out. In one case the second woman woke up to find Sharper assaulting the other. In the other Sharper was gone when they both woke up. One thought she had been assaulted and they both sought treatment.
Sharper has been charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Bond has been set at $200,000, but the district attorney has asked the judge to up it to $10 million because there is reason to believe he may have committed sexual assaults in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Tempe, Arizona.
“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,” Sharper’s lawyer, Blair Berk, told The Los Angeles Times.
If convicted in Los Angeles he could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.