Ex-NFL star accused of sexually assaulting women in Tempe

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 10:51 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former NFL star Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting two women at an apartment near Sun Devil Stadium last year.

It happened in the early morning hours of November 21 at 323 E. Veterans Way, according to Sgt. Michael Pooley with the Tempe Police Dept.

Both victims contacted police after they were allegedly drugged and then sexually assaulted by Sharper as they were passed out.

Police said Sharper, 38, visited Arizona to meet a friend on November 20. After going out for the night with her and some of her friends they all returned to the victim’s apartment. While at the apartment Sharper allegedly mixed some drinks for the women and served them. 

After drinking the drink the women passed out at which time Sharper allegedly sexually assaulted more than one of the women.
 
Sgt. Pooley said at this time the investigation is still ongoing and detectives are working closely with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in this investigation.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles allege Sharper is also suspected of rape in California, Nevada and Louisiana.

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In Los Angeles, the five-time Pro Bowl player who became an NFL Network analyst is 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, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Sharper, 38, who played defensive back for 14 years, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles County court, the district attorney's office said.

Sharper was arrested January 17 and released on $200,000 bail, but prosecutors will now seek to raise his bail to $10 million, prosecutors said.

The alleged controlled substances were morphine and zolpidem, another name for the prescription sleep aid Ambien.

On October 30, Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub and invited them to a party, prosecutors allege.

Sharper, who lives in Miami, allegedly told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick up something, and he invited them to the room. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a drink in the form of shot, and the women then passed out, prosecutors said.

The first woman woke up naked hours later as Sharper was allegedly sexually assaulting her, prosecutors said. The other woman awakened and "interrupted his actions," according to court papers cited by prosecutors.

The two women left the hotel, prosecutors said.

On January 14, Sharper met two women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and also invited them to a party, prosecutors said.

A similar series of events allegedly unfolded: Sharper made a stop by his hotel room, invited the women in and allegedly offer them a shot, which caused them to pass out, prosecutors said.

When they woke up hours later on January 15, one woman believed she was sexually assaulted, and both women left the hotel and sought medical treatment, prosecutors said.

If convicted of the Los Angeles County charges, Sharper would face more than 30 years in state prison, prosecutors said.

Sharper and his attorney couldn't be immediately reached for comment Friday.

After his arrest last month, the NFL Network suspended Sharper without pay, a spokesman said.

Sharper's pro football career began as a second-round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers in 1997.

After eight seasons with the Packers, including a loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII, he moved to the Minnesota Vikings for four years.

He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2009, which led to a Super Bowl ring that first season. Injuries hampered his second year with the Saints, which led to his retirement in 2011.

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