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Darren Sharper held without bail on new rape charges

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

LOS ANGELES - Former NFL safety Darren Sharper surrendered to police in Los Angeles Thursday night on a warrant for rape charges issued out of Louisiana and was ordered held without bail, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Sharper also is under investigation in alleged sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives obtained the warrants for Sharper, 38, and Erik Nunez, 26. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, Remi Braden, a police department spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Braden said the two women were allegedly raped at the same location on Sept. 23, 2013.

"New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location," she said.

Sharper's New Orleans-based attorney, Nandi Campbell, and attorney Leonard B. Levine, who represents Sharper in the California case, did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

Braden said she did not know whether Nunez had an attorney.

The assault investigation in New Orleans is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, she said.

If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez could face life imprisonment.

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 a second with the New Orleans Saints.

Sharper retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL. He is an analyst for the NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely without pay.

  • Crimesider Staff

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