Darren Sharper to appear in Louisiana courtroom on drug, rape charges

Darren Sharper to appear in Louisiana courtroom on drug, rape charges

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper will appear in a New Orleans courtroom Monday for the first time. He returns to the city to complete plea deals on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women.

Sharper is due in federal court for an arraignment at 2 p.m. Monday, accused of drugging women with the intent to rape them.

He pleaded guilty on March 24 in Las Vegas to a felony attempted sex assault charge. It was part of a four state plea deal that will land Sharper in federal prison for almost nine years.

The day before his Las Vegas plea, the 39-year-old pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in Los Angeles to raping two women he drugged after meeting them in a club.

Sharper, his alleged accomplice, Erik Nunez, and former St. Bernard Parish Sgt. Brandon Licciardi were indicted in Louisiana in December. Sharper and Nunez face rape charges and other charges related to the alleged crimes. Licciardi was charged with three counts of human trafficking, rape and battery.

Following his federal court appearance on Monday, Sharper will appear in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday on charges of aggravated rape.

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