Federal charges returned against men accused of helping Darren Sharper drug, rape women

Federal charges returned against men accused of helping Darren Sharper drug, rape women

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two men accused of helping former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper drug and rape women have been charged today in a seven-count second superseding indictment.

Brandon Licciardi, 29, was charged with conspiracy to distribute MDMA (Ecstasy), alprazolam, diazepam and zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape. He was also charged with two counts of witness tampering and one count of impeding an investigation.

Erik Nunez, 28, was charged with conspiracy to impede an official investigation.

Both men could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Sharper pleaded guilty to rape and drug charges in May.

In court documents filed during the guilty pleas, Sharper admitted that he and others distributed controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then had sexual relations with them while they were incapacitated. He also admitted that he conspired with others in committing the offenses.

Sharper also pleaded guilty to similar crimes in California, Arizona and Nevada.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said Sharper was not named in the current superseding indictment as a result of his pleas.

Licciardi and Nunez remain in jail.

Sentencing for Sharper is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2016.

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