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Ex-NFL player Sharper charged with sexual assault in Ariz.

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

PHOENIX - Former NFL player Darren Sharper has been indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, authorities said Wednesday.

The charges are the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving the 38-year-old Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

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harper 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 until an arrest warrant was issued for him in a New Orleans case rape case last week.

In Arizona, the Tempe Police Department said a grand jury in metro Phoenix indicted Sharper for sexual assaults committed in Tempe in November 2013.

Police didn't release any other details of the charges and the indictment has not yet been publicly released.

Police reports released earlier said two women believed they were sexually assaulted by Sharper at a Tempe apartment on Nov. 21. One of the women told police she suspected she had been drugged before she was attacked.

A police report obtained by CBS affiliate KPHO reports the women said when they confronted Sharper, he said he "didn't remember anything."

It's not known whether Sharper has a lawyer in Arizona.

Prosecutors in New Orleans said Wednesday there will not be an indictment of Sharper there by Thursday, the deadline set by a California judge who said she would have to release Sharper if charges weren't filed by then in Louisiana.

New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said the case remains under investigation.

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 last week.

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