Darren Sharper to be arraigned on state rape charges Tuesday

Darren Sharper to be arraigned on state rape charges Tuesday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Darren Sharper will appear in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Tuesday for the first time. The arraignment will give further insight into the Louisiana portion of his plea deal.

Sharper currently faces state charges of aggravated rape. However, those charges will likely be reduced as part of the multi-jurisdictional plea deal the the former Saints player and prosecutors agreed to.

Sharper appeared for the first time in a New Orleans courtroom Monday, entering a plea of not guilty to federal drug charges. The not guilty plea was procedural. Sharper is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court at a later date.

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 allegedly 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.

Sharper is currently being held at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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