The appalling case of Darren Sharper, the former NFL player accused of raping several women, continues to grow.
The New Orleans Police Department announced today that it has issued an arrest warrant for Sharper, who stands accused of raping two women in New Orleans on September 23. He faces two charges of aggravated rape, as does an acquaintance of Sharper’s, Erik Nunez.
One of the women said she met Sharper at an event for Saints players, and that Sharper gave her a drink. She says that after she drank it there is a gap in her memory of several hours, and that the next morning she woke up with Sharper on top of her, sexually assaulting her.
In a separate case, authorities say that after a woman accused Sharper of drugging her, the glass she said Sharper gave her was analyzed and found to contain a prescription sleep medication.
Sharper was arrested in January in Los Angeles and accused of raping two women in two separate incidents. He has also been investigated, but not charged, in rape complaints in Miami, Las Vegas, and Tempe. A court filing in the Los Angeles case says that Sharper has been suspected of raping at least seven women.
The 38-year-old Sharper is currently free after posting $200,000 bail in the Los Angeles case. In Louisiana, an aggravated rape conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.