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Sharper charged with sexual assault in Arizona

Sharper Facing Charges In Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- 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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elicladson March 12 2014 at 11:17 PM

Why would he do such a thing? Man this is crazy

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fred mosrie March 12 2014 at 11:30 PM


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Shirley March 12 2014 at 9:54 PM

Another football thug...

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oetman March 12 2014 at 9:36 PM

Just another that should be removed from this earth.

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spokaceenw March 12 2014 at 8:52 PM

If all these charges are true, he'll be playing "catcher" to a new "pitcher", Big Hank, in cell block D pretty soon and for a long time.

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peterchase1 spokaceenw March 12 2014 at 11:32 PM

you are excited by sex in lock-up'''

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Shihan Renshaw March 12 2014 at 8:32 PM

I don't get it... you're a freakin millionaire, not a bad looking guy and you have to rape and do drugs!!!... really!

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FRANK SMITH March 13 2014 at 7:51 AM

Further proof that crime does not stem from poverty. Although he maintains his innocence and is so until proven guilty,this allegation brings to mind the countless cases of crimes committed by millionaire,professional athletes. Some might say that the damage done by poverty has long term repercussions but I ask: Can you continue to blame poverty after you've become a wealthy,college "educated" adult? And if poverty were the case,what you can say about the millions of other poor people who do not commit crime? My guess is that these wealthy athletes are now just given the means and sense of entitlement to act on their selfish impulses that would be there with or without being poor.

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Mickey March 13 2014 at 12:54 AM

I have to agree with Kay as to Jerry Sandusky's guilt and his wife share in those crimes. No, there wasn't any type of sound-proofing in the walls to prevent her from hearing the cries of the children in THEIR care, sad that she never put them first and herself second. I imagine it would have been a difficult decision for any woman to make, turning the head of household in to police - leaving the family with no viable income....

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a1948ant March 13 2014 at 7:58 AM

Just another foot ball player who think's he's untouchable.

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jimmyv2222 March 12 2014 at 8:26 PM

just think as a NFL player he covered wide receivers, in prison he will be one

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