Co-defendant in Sharper case pleads not guilty
NEW ORLEANS - A former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy charged in the rape case against former New Orleans Saints football player Darren Sharper appeared at an arraignment hearing Monday and pleaded not guilty to federal drug and witness tampering charges.
Brandon Licciardi pleaded not guilty before a U.S. magistrate judge in New Orleans. The 29-year-old resigned from the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office after he was named alongside Sharper in federal and state indictments handed down last Friday.
Besides the federal charges, Licciardi was indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of aggravated rape of a woman on Feb. 2, 2013, three counts of human trafficking for the purposes of providing sexual conduct and with one count of battery. A bond hearing was scheduled for Thursday.