Darren Sharper allegedly raped women in several states
Dave Cohen Reporting
Prosecutors today announced they have formally charged former New Orleans Saints star safety Darren Sharper with rape, drug and other charges.
"Former pro football player Darren Sharper was charged today with drugging and raping two women," Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Public Information Officer Jane Robison said in a news release.
She says Sharper is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
"The complaint alleges the controlled substances were zolpidem and morphine," according to Robinson.
Zolpidem is the chemical name for the sleeping medication Ambien.
Prosecutors are asking a judge to raise his bail to $10 million.
"Sharper, who lives in Miami, Fla., is suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. In a motion filed today to increase his bail, prosecutors said
Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013, and invited them to another party. On the way, Sharper allegedly told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick something up and invited both women up. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a shot. Each woman passed out. Jane Doe #1 allegedly woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The second woman allegedly awoke and 'interrupted his actions,' the motion states."
Robinson says this year Shaper allegedly attacked two more women.
"On Jan. 14, Sharper met two separate women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and invited them to a party. Stopping at his hotel, he allegedly invited both up to his room, offered them a shot , and each passed out. When they woke up hours later on Jan. 15, one woman believed she'd been sexually assaulted.
Both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment."
Sharper faces more than 30 years in jail in California if convicted.
Sharper appeared in court Friday but a judge postponed his arraignment until Feb. 20 at request of defense attorneys. His lawyers say Sharper will be exonerated.