On Friday, Feb. 14, Darren Sharper, 38, the former star defensive back who played 14 seasons in the NFL, appeared briefly in a Los Angeles courtroom where he was charged with drugging and then raping two women in Calif.
MSN reported that Sharper has also been connected to five additional drug-related rapes in Ariz., Nev., and La.
Police believe that the number of individuals Sharper drugged is even higher and could total as high as 11 people drugged since Sept.
To date, Sharper has only been charged with the two drug-related rapes in Calif. The other cases that Sharper has been allegedly connected with are still under investigation.
So far he faces criminal charges only in Los Angeles — two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing illegal drugs and one count of illegal morphine possession, all felonies. The drug allegedly involved in the rape cases was zolpidem, a sedative allegedly delivered by shot glass in separate incidents on Oct. 30 and Jan. 14. ~ USA Today
Sharper's attorney, Blair Berk, seemed confident that his client would be found innocent of those charges saying that he and Sharper "look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case."
"And we are hopeful Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded."
Regarding just the two alleged rapes in Calif., Sharper had met two women in a West Hollywood nightclub on Jan. 14, invited them to a party, and then invited them to his hotel room where he offered each of the ladies a shot. Both women reported passing out and told police they didn’t wake up until the next day.
One woman woke up next to Sharper in bed and proceeded to use the restroom, where she saw injuries on her face for which she could not account. Sharper asked her how she was feeling and then offered another beverage to help her feel better.
"The next thing she remembered was Defendant Sharper sexually assaulting her," the report states.
Both women left Sharper’s hotel room and sought medical treatment.
Sharper was originally arrested on Jan. 17 and booked on suspicion of rape. He was released later that day on $200,000 bond. He’ll be back in court in Los Angeles on Feb 20. to be arraigned on his current drug and rape charges.
If convicted on just the Calif. charges, Sharper could be looking at more than 30 years behind bars.
For more on the rape charges against Sharper, see the video accompanying this article.
See our earlier report from Jan. 19:
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