Darren Sharper Indicted in Tempe Sexual Assaults
A grand jury has indicted former NFL safety Darren Sharper on sexual assault charges for alleged assaults that occurred in Tempe in November.
Sharper was charged last month with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, and a few weeks later, authorities in New Orleans issued a warrant for Sharper's arrest on two rape charges. It's since been reported that Sharper also was the subject of investigations for similar alleged crimes in a total of five states.
Tempe Police Sergeant Michael Pooley says Sharper's attorney was served with Sharper's indictment, for two counts of sexual assault, and three counts of administering dangerous drugs.
Sharper, 38, was in town to visit a friend on November 21, and after a night out with her and her friends, they went back to one woman's apartment. There, Sharper allegedly drugged some drinks and gave them to two women, who passed out.
Sharper allegedly sexually assaulted the women after they passed out.
According to the District Attorney in L.A., Sharper's accused of doing something similar there.
After meeting two women at a nightclub in West Hollywood on October 30, he invited them to another party but said he had to stop by his hotel room first.
He's accused of giving shots of alcohol, which were drugged, and both women passed out. One of the women reported being sexually assaulted.
The same series of events also transpired with two other women on January 15, and one of the women "believed she'd been sexually assaulted," according to the district attorney's statement.
According to the DA, Sharper's accused of drugging the women with zolpidem (Ambien) and morphine.
Sharper, a safety who played in the NFL for 14 seasons -- more than half of them for the Green Bay Packers -- was selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career and is ranked seventh in NFL history for career interceptions.
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