Darren Sharper charged with drugging, raping two women

Darren Sharper charged with drugging, raping two women
February 14, 2014, 10:30 am
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If convicted, Darren Sharper faces more than 30 years in state prison. (USATSI)

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Former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper has been formally charged with drugging and raping two women, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, and prosecutors will seek to increase bail to $10 million because he also is a suspect in similar cases in California Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

Sharper, 38, was set to be arraigned on Friday on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and once count of possession of a controlled substance.

[PDF: Los Angeles County district attorney’s office news release]

He was arrested on Jan. 17 and released on $200,000 bail. The former NFL Network analyst played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

Prosecutors say the felony case centers around alleged incidents in October and January, when Sharper met women at a West Hollywood nightclub, invited them to a party but instead stopped at his hotel room and invited the women inside. In each alleged case, prosecutors say, Sharper slipped them something to drink while in his hotel room.

The hotel room was where the crimes were alleged to have occurred. One woman told investigators she woke up naked while Sharper was sexually assaulting her. Another woman stated she woke up and “interrupted his action,” court documents said.

Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, appeared in court Friday in Los Angeles. If convicted, he faces more than 30 years in state prison.