Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleads guilty, no contest to rape charges; sentenced to 9 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper has pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to charges of drugging and raping two women.
The plea Monday is part of an agreement with prosecutors to resolve cases against the former all-pro player in four states that will send him to federal prison for nine years.
Earlier, he pleaded guilty by video link to sexual assault in Arizona and was sentenced to nine years in federal prison. The sentences will be served concurrently in federal prison under the agreement.
Similar hearings will follow in Las Vegas this week and in New Orleans in the next month. He’s accused in Nevada and Louisiana of drugging and sexually assaulting women when they were unconscious or otherwise unable to resist or consent.
Sharper was accused in each state of slipping drugs in the drinks of women and sexually abusing them while they were unconscious.
The safety won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.