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Darren Sharper to remain in jail after Ariz. charges surface

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper leaves a courthouse in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 14, 2014. Nick Ut, AP

A California judge has ordered ex-NFL player Darren Sharper to remain behind bars in Los Angeles on charges that he raped and drugged two women in Arizona, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Sharper, 38, is under investigation for allegedly raping and drugging women in five states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana and Florida.

On Feb. 21, Sharper pleaded not guilty to seven rape and drug charges related to alleged attacks on two women he met at a Hollywood night club on Oct. 30, 2013. A judge initially let Sharper go free on $1 million bail, but he was re-arrested and taken into custody a week later when a warrant for his arrest was issued out of Louisiana.

According to the warrant issued by the New Orleans Police Department on Feb. 27, two women told detectives that on the night of Sept. 23, 2013, "Darren Sharper and Erik Nunez together had sexual intercourse with them while they were under the influence of an unknown substance."

Nunez, 26, is reportedly an acquaintance of Sharper's. Both men are accused of aggravated rape in the incident.

According CBS affiliate KPHO, the alleged attacks in Arizona occurred on Nov. 21, 2013 in Tempe. Sharper is accused of mixing drinks for two women at one of the victim's apartments. The women passed out and Sharper allegedly sexual assaulted them.

On Wednesday, prosecutors in New Orleans informed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn that there would not be an indictment of Sharper by today - the deadline the judge had set for Sharper's release.

But now that Sharper is facing charges in Arizona, Judge Korn has decided to continue to hold the ex-Pro Bowl player.

According to the warrant issued by the New Orleans Police Department on Feb. 27, two women told detectives that on the night of Sept. 23, 2013, "Darren Sharper and Erik Nunez together had sexual intercourse with them while they were under the influence of an unknown substance."

Nunez, 26, is reportedly an acquaintance of Sharper's. Both men are accused of aggravated rape in the incident.

The two women, identified in the New Orleans warrant as "Victim 1" and "Victim 2," both told police that they "awoke from a stupor" to find Sharper "completely nude on top of her." The victims each said they were "disoriented and believed Sharper was having sexual intercourse" with them, but that "at no time did [they] consent to sexual intercourse with Darren Sharper."

The warrant goes on to state that an acquaintance arrived at the "scene of the incident" and observed both Sharper and Nunez in their boxer shorts.

"Through further investigation by the Detectives it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission," reads the warrant.

During his career, Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Minnesota Vikings. He was chosen five times for the Pro Bowl, as an NFL's all-star.

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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