Report: Sharper to plead guilty in rape case deal
NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints player Darren Sharper agreed to a plea deal that will cover wide-ranging rape and drug cases in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Arizona and Nevada, according to WWL-TV.
The happened the same day Sharper was charged with rape in a case out of Las Vegas.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro confirmed the deal to WWL and said Sharper could be back in the state within the next 30 days. He said he expects Sharper to start entering formal guilty pleas as early as Monday.
Sharper is currently in jail in Los Angeles, where he initially pleaded not guilty to drugging and raping two women in 2013. NOPD investigators accused Sharper and another man of sexually assaulting two women at a New Orleans apartment on Sept. 23, 2013. Most of the cases followed a similar theme, with women accusing Sharper of meeting them at clubs, bringing them back to an apartment, then putting something in their drinks to drug them before he raped them.
"I want to thank the victims who have stood tall and remained very strong throughout this process," Cannizzaro said.
Sharper's attorney said the former NFL player would enter a plea Monday in two jurisdictions, including California, that would resolve sexual assault allegations also pending in New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.
Sharper retired in 2010 after a 14-year All-Pro as a defensive safety with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.