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Darren Sharper, a former NFL All-Pro, is back in custody following more charges of rape, this time by New Orleans.
Sharper, who was already facing charges in Los Angeles and out on $200,000 bail, was returned to custody, accused of assaults on two women in 2013. New Orleans plans to extradite Sharper to be formally charged and arraigned.
News reports said he turned himself in without incident on Friday. Initial reports said he is being held without bail, though New Orleans judges will decide that upon arraignment.
Sharper’s legal troubles began in January when he was arrested on charges of rape in Los Angeles. Earlier this month the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office sought the bail to be increased to $10 million because of the threat Sharper poses to women.
At that time, ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack said, “Basically what (the DA is) claiming is that he is a serial rαpist. He is someone who should not be on the street because he is a danger and he should be put back in jail.”
Sharper was initially 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, all felonies,” a press release issued by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese stated.
In the past weeks prosecutors gathered mounting evidence against Sharper, 38. Prosecutors say that Sharper is under investigation in connection with numerous other druggings and rapes that include seven other women in other jurisdictions including Las Vegas and Tempe, Ariz. In addition to the charges already filed.
Prosecutors believe a pattern in all of these investigations has emerged in which Sharper met women at clubs, lured them to a hotel or apartment, drugged them using a sleeping aid like Ambien and then raped them.
Sharper appeared in court on Friday and surrendered his passport. He was ordered to remain in Los Angeles until the arraignment.
“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,” Blair Berk, one of Sharper’s attorneys, said.
Sharper was considered a leader on the football field and made a seamless transition into broadcasting after his retirement.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com