Darren Sharper in St. Tammany Parish jail awaiting arraignment

Published: Apr. 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2015 at 10:14 AM CDT
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COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper is now in the St. Tammany Parish jail. He arrived Thursday, according to the jail's website.

Sharper is scheduled to be arraigned on rape charges next week in federal and state court. Federal prisoners are usually kept in the St. Tammany Parish jail before trial.

Sharper 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.

Sharper is due in federal court in New Orleans on April 6.

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