February 28, 2014 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (DailyMail/FOX8) – Former NFL safety Darren Sharper turned himself into Los Angeles Police Thursday night after two aggravated rape charges were brought against him in New Orleans.
Sharper, who played with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, stands accused of raping a total of eight women, and drugging a total of 11 people including one man.
The latest charges were brought against Sharper, 38, and accomplice Erik Nunez, 26, New Orleans police after two women recently came forward saying they were sexually assaulted September 23, WVUE reported.
The former Super Bowl champ turned himself in after New Orleans Police issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the day. It is not known if Nunez has followed suit.
CNN first reported that Sharper turned himself in.
Authorities told WVUE the warrants were issued after an investigation showed the women were each raped by both men that night in a New Orleans apartment.
‘New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location,’ said spokesperson Remi Braden.
The decision to charge both men with aggravated rape brings with it a life sentence if convicted, according to a legal analyst who spoke to the station.
‘They’ve now got enough information that they deemed they should issue an arrest warrant for him, and it’s for aggravated rape which is as big as it can get.’
Sharper has already pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club
He also faces possible charges in Florida, Nevada and Arizona, according to reports.
Lawyers for Sharper, who played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010 primarily with the Green Bay Packers, said they would prove that any sexual contact Sharper engaged in was welcomed.
‘All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company,’ said attorney Leonard Levine.
But a prosecutor pointed out the fact that Sharper is also under investigation for similar crimes in Florida, Arizona, Louisiana and Nevada and asked a judge for $10million bail.
The judge rejected that as excessive, though increased it from $200,000 to $1million.
‘The court considers these crimes quite serious and has to protect the public,’ Superior Court Judge Renee Korn said.
Sharper, wearing a gray suit and black t-shirt, went to court last week with his lawyers and a bail bondsman who immediately arranged to post his bail.
The judge originally ordered Sharper to remain in Los Angeles, stay away from nightclubs and not be alone with any woman he did not know before October, when the first allegations emerged.
The latest allegations surfaced in a Miami Beach police report released Thursday. It was filed January 19 – more than a year after the alleged attack. No charges have been filed but Detective Vivian Hernandez said the investigation remains open.
Mr Sharper met his latest accuser in 2012 at Club Mokai, according to a Miami Beach Police department affidavit. The former gridiron great, a friend, the alleged victim and two of her friends eventually went back to Sharper’s apartment nearby.
The victim claims she was intoxicated to the point she does not remember what she said to Mr Sharper once they were alone in his bedroom, but her friends say she pleaded with him to stop.
‘No, no, stop, I don’t want to,’ a friend told police she said.
Her friends tried to take her home, but the woman was too drunk to even leave the apartment, they told cops.
The woman awoke about five hours later, with her pants off and Mr Sharper raping her without using any protection, she told police.
‘What’s going on,’ the startled woman says she asked him.
He made her get dressed and kicked her out of his apartment while trying to keep her cell phone. She eventually retrieved it.
Disturbing details from other police reports also made public paint the picture of a possible serial rapist with a similar series of events in all incidents.
The former all-pro would meet women in a nightclub and invite them back to a hotel room or his apartment to party, said police.
He would then offer them shots spiked with drugs and sexually assault his victims after they passed out, officials said.
Multiple complaints said Sharper used morphine and zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Ambien, to sedate his prey.
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