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Deputy indicted in Darren Sharper rape case to appear in federal court

Former St. Bernard Parish Sgt. Brandon Licciardi Former St. Bernard Parish Sgt. Brandon Licciardi
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A former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy charged in the Darren Sharper rape case is expected to appear in federal court.

Brandon Licciardi, 29, has a detention hearing on federal drug charges Thursday afternoon.

Former Saints player Darren Sharper, 39, and Licciardi have been federally charged with distributing drugs with the intent to commit rape. The two have been charged with conspiracy to distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape.

Licciardi was also charged with two counts of witness tampering and one count of impeding an investigation.

According to Ralph Capitelli, Licciardi's attorney, there is no bond set in the federal case and prosecutors will ask that is stays that way. Capitelli is hoping for a bond.

"What we're talking about now is should he be let out on bond. We're obviously arguing that he should. He's has no prior record. He's a police officer. He should be presumed innocent," said Capitelli.

Licciardi pleaded not guilty in the case. He remains in federal custody at the St. Charles Parish Jail.

Licciardi has also been indicted on state charges.

On December 12, a nine count indictment handed out by the Orleans Parish Criminal Court grand jury. Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of simple rape. Erik Nunez, Sharper's alleged accomplice, was originally picked up on an arrest warrant with Sharper back in February. He was also indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of obstruction of justice.

In addition, Licciardi was indicted on three counts of human trafficking, one count of aggravated rape and aggravated battery. According to the indictment, on three separate occasions Licciardi allegedly provided another person to Sharper or Nunez through fraud or forced to provide sexual conduct.

Shortly after learning of his indictment, Licciardi resigned from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office through a letter.

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