UPDATE: Former Green Bay Packers player in California court on rape charges

UPDATED Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 5:40 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is facing sexual assault allegations in several states, is returning to court in California.

Sharper is scheduled to appear Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, where he's charged with drugging and raping two women last year after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub.

The judge and attorneys will be setting a date for a preliminary hearing to determine whether Sharper should stand trial.

Another hearing is then scheduled on Sharper's extradition to Arizona, where prosecutors are alleging he drugged and sexually assaulted three women.

He's also been investigated for alleged sexual assaults in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. He has denied the allegations.

The 38-year-old Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints in a 14-year career.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 10:04 a.m.

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge in Phoenix will hold a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will challenge the evidence used to keep him in jail without bail on sexual-assault charges in Arizona.

Sharper is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in November in Tempe.

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

He was previously released from jail in a rape case in California on $1 million bail, but he was denied bond in Arizona.

Sharper will not attend Wednesday's hearing.

He hasn't yet entered a plea in Arizona, though one of his attorneys says Sharper will deny those allegations.

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UPDATED March 24, 2014 --- 5:27 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail.

Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year. He was previously released on $1 million bail before being charged in Arizona with similar counts.

Now, his lawyers say he should be freed again and kept under house arrest because authorities in Arizona have said they won't seek his extradition.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected that argument on Monday, saying she would wait and see if Arizona does seek extradition.

Her ruling came after prosecutors said the Arizona governor's office is preparing a warrant to extradite Sharper, even though he will first go on trial in Los Angeles. An April 15 hearing was set.

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 12, 2014 --- 3:26 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) — Police say former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has been indicted in Arizona on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs.

The Tempe Police Department said Wednesday that a grand jury had indicted Sharper in sexual assaults committed on Nov. 21 in Tempe.

No other details on the charges were released.

It was the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving the 38-year-old Sharper in Arizona, Louisiana, California, Florida and Nevada. He is in custody in the California case.

The Arizona indictment hasn't yet been publicly released. A call to the county prosecutor's office wasn't immediately returned.

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

Police reports released earlier said two women believed they were sexually assaulted by Sharper at a Tempe apartment.

One woman told police she suspected she had been drugged before she was attacked.

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UPDATED Monday, March 10, 2014 --- 4:21 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man booked on two aggravated rape charges in a New Orleans case also involving former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has posted a $400,000 bond.

Online jail records showed the 26-year-old Erik Nunez posted bond Monday morning.

Sharper and Nunez each face two aggravated rape charges in new Orleans.

In a separate Los Angeles case, Sharper faces seven rape and drug counts in connection with two alleged attacks. He pleaded not guilty in that case and had been freed on $1 million bail. However, he was jailed again in Los Angeles when New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest.

A Los Angeles judge set a hearing for Thursday to give Louisiana prosecutors time to formally charge Sharper or for the state to seek his return.

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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 2:10 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A New Orleans arrest warrant says detectives learned from witnesses that former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper and an associate acknowledged they had nonconsensual sex with two women.

The warrant was released by New Orleans police on Thursday in an investigation of Sharper and associate Erik Nunez.

The warrant does not elaborate on the allegations by witnesses.

Sharper remains in a Los Angeles jail after pleading not guilty to rape and drug charges in California. His attorneys were set to argue for his release Friday afternoon.

Louisiana prosecutors have not yet formally charged Sharper.

The athlete's Los Angeles-based attorney Blair Berk referred a call for comment to Sharper's New Orleans lawyer, Jason Williams, who was not immediately available.

Nunez has been arrested in New Orleans, where a judge on Friday set bail for at $400,000. His lawyer Herbert Larson there is no evidence against his client.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Friday, February 14, 2014 --- 2:33 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lawyers for Darren Sharper say the former NFL safety will be exonerated of charges he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles.

Sharper appeared in court Friday but a judge postponed his arraignment until Feb. 20 at request of defense attorneys.

The district attorney's office says Sharper faces counts including rape by use of drugs and furnishing a controlled substance.

The felony case involves alleged incidents in October and January. Prosecutors say Sharper met women at a West Hollywood nightclub, invited them to a party but stopped at his hotel room, where the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

Sharper was arrested Jan. 17. He was allowed to remain free on $200,000 bail but was ordered to surrender his passport.

Prosecutors are seeking to raise his bail to $10 million.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 --- 5:45 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Police Department says former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

LAPD says Sharper was arrested and booked Friday and faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. LAPD says it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.

A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department says it is also investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24.

Sharper, 38, played 14 seasons in the NFL (1997-2010), mostly with Green Bay. He also played with Minnesota and New Orleans and retired after the 2010 season.

He has been working as an analyst for the NFL Network, but has been suspended without pay.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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