Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper charged with rape in Las VegasPosted: Updated:
By Ken Ritter, Associated Press
Sharper's Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared Friday before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault charges accusing him of having sex with two tourists in January 2014 while the women were incapable of resisting.
The allegations are that Sharper went club-hopping with the women and took them to his room at a Strip hotel, where he drugged and sexually assaulted them while they were unconscious, said Officer Larry Hadfield, a Las Vegas police spokesman.
The account is similar to allegations made against Sharper in California, Louisiana and Arizona.
Chesnoff declined to comment on the two Nevada charges, which each carry a possible sentence of 10 years to life in Nevada state prison.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall set another court hearing for April 3.
Sharper, 39, is sought on a warrant in Las Vegas. But he has been jailed since Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, where he was due for a preliminary hearing Friday after pleading not guilty to drugging and raping two women in 2013.
The New Orleans charges allege that he sexually assaulted three women in 2013. The Arizona charges allege that he drugged three women and sexually assaulted two of them in November 2013 in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.
Sharper had a 14-year All-Pro career as a defensive safety with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. He played in one Super Bowl with the Packers and was part of a championship season with the New Orleans Saints.
He retired after the 2010 season and was working as an analyst for the NFL Network before being fired when the rape allegations surfaced.
Associated Press writers Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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