NEW ORLEANS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Former NFL safety Darren Sharper is accused of nine rapes in five states after arrest warrants were issued in New Orleans Thursday for him and another man, accusing them of raping two women last year.
Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives obtained the warrants for Sharper, 38, and Erik Nunez, 26. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, Remi Braden, a police department spokeswoman, said in a news release.
Braden said the two women were allegedly raped at the same location on Sept. 23.
“New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location,” she said.
Sharper’s New Orleans-based attorney, Nandi Campbell, and attorney Leonard B. Levine, who represents Sharper in the California case, did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.
Braden said she did not know whether Nunez had an attorney.
The assault investigation in New Orleans is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, she said.
A former teammate told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he was “shocked and disgusted” at the rape allegations against Sharper.
“You’ve heard stories like this from time to time about a guy, but I never thought in a million years it would be something like this,” the former teammate, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Times-Picayune. “I’m shocked and disgusted by it. I’m going to wait until the whole thing plays out before I completely judge him.”
He continued: “But this would be one hell of a conspiracy for that many allegations to pop up across (five) states in such a tight window of time. I just never heard of something like that. I’m just disgusted by it. It’s weird to think of someone as a friend and you know him pretty well, and they can completely (expletive) shock you like that.”
If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez would face life imprisonment.
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints.
Sharper retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL. He is an analyst for the NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely and without pay.
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