Former NFL star Darren Sharper charged with rape as seven women in four states claim they were assaulted
Former NFL star Darren Sharper was charged with two counts of rape and five counts of drug charges in Los Angeles yesterday, and court documents reveal that seven women in four states have made sexual assault allegations against him.
All of the alleged victims say they were drugged in the assaults, which took player in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Tempe, Ariz.
Sharper, who is suspended from his job with the NFL Network, was ordered to surrender his passport yesterday and to remain in Los Angeles. He was arrested in January, and is remains free on $200,000 bail.
The alleged assaults occurred between September and January, and all the cases appear to follow a pattern: women told authorities that they met Sharper at a club, went back with him to his hotel and passed out after accepting drinks from the five-time Pro Bowler. All the women told authorities they felt as if they had been sexually assaulted, and in one case a man was drugged.
A cup that one of the women drank from was tested and authorities found traces of zolpidem (Ambien), a prescription medication used for the treatment of insomnia.
Sharper faces a maximum sentence of 30 years if convicted.
The court documents describing the assaults are here: