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Updated Mar 12, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Former NFL player Darren Sharper charged with sexual assault in Arizona

PHOENIX — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has been indicted in
Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs,
authorities said Wednesday, marking the latest development in investigations in
five states involving the Super Bowl champion.

The Tempe Police Department said a grand jury had indicted Sharper in sexual
assaults committed on Nov. 21 in the city. No other details were released.

Sharper is currently in custody in Los Angeles, where he has pleaded not guilty
to seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks in
Hollywood. He had been freed on $1 million bail before turning himself in when
an arrest warrant was issued in New Orleans.

In Arizona, police reports released earlier say two women in their early 20s
had claimed Sharper drugged and sexually assaulted them at a Tempe apartment
after a group including Sharper went drinking at bars in nearby Scottsdale.

One of the women told police she hadn’t had any alcohol that night until
Sharper insisted she drink a shot. Another young woman said she had been drugged
then went to bed, locked her door and wasn’t attacked.

The next day, one of the women confronted Sharper, who denied wrongdoing,
according to the reports.

The reports said Sharper was in Arizona to visit a woman who lived at the
apartment. The two had met about a year earlier in Las Vegas.

Skip Donau, a Tucson attorney who represents Sharper in the Arizona case,
declined to discuss specifics.

“We know that Darren will vigorously deny the allegations,” Donau said. “We
are hopeful of vindication.”

In Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Renee Korn said last week that it was
unfair to hold Sharper in jail there “into perpetuity” and gave prosecutors in
Louisiana until Thursday to charge him or otherwise seek his return.

Prosecutors in New Orleans said Wednesday that Sharper would not be indicted by
that deadline and the investigation remained open.

It could not be immediately determined if Arizona authorities would ask that
Sharper be held longer in Los Angeles or would seek his extradition. Jerry Cobb,
a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, declined to comment.

Sharper is also under investigation in Florida and Nevada.

In a bail motion filed last month, Los Angeles County Investigator John
Maccharella described a pattern in which the former football star met women at
clubs or parties and lured them to a hotel room, where they were allegedly
drugged and raped.

The New Orleans warrant says police learned from witnesses that Sharper and an
associate had acknowledged having nonconsensual sex with two women. Sharper’s
attorneys say he never made such statements.

The warrant does not elaborate on how the information was obtained or disclose
the names of the witnesses.

Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times.
He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and was
part of a successful championship run while with the New Orleans Saints.

He retired after the 2010 season and was working as an analyst for the NFL
Network before being fired recently.


Associated Press writers Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Anthony McCartney in
Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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