Darren Sharper indicted on rape charges, could get life in prison

AP

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper could face life in prison after being charged Friday in a grand jury indictment on charges stemming from rape allegations in New Orleans.

According to Ken Daley of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape from a September 2013 incident, and another charge of simple rape of another woman last August.

Sharper is accused of sexually assaulting two impaired women, and two acquaintances were also charged Friday with multiple counts.

Sharper has been jailed in California since February while awaiting separate charges of drugging and raping women there. He’s also being investigated on similar charges in Las Vegas.

With the indictment in Louisiana, however, the stakes went up for Sharper. The maximum sentence for aggravated rape in Louisiana is life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspended sentence.

Sharper’s bond in the Louisiana case was set at $2.5 million.

100 responses to “Darren Sharper indicted on rape charges, could get life in prison

  1. In a related story, Commissioner Goodell has suspended Sharper for 2 weeks from all NFL related activities.

  2. Young, handsome, smooth talker, obscenely wealthy…

    You know he could have had hundreds of willing women, and yet, he resorts to this. There are just too many allegations, from too many places, for me to believe he didn’t do it. I guess it really is “a crime of power and control.”

  3. If he was cheating in life off the field, you can only imagine what he did to compete on the field.

  4. Wow. Some people just don’t have morals. But hey, let’skeep enabling these type of people by paying them 500 times more than we pay our educators. Good job American voters
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    I don’t remember voting on the salaries of football players or teachers. Must have been an off-year election.

  5. Not a fan of MN or NO but why is everyone down on those teams re: Sharper? For crissake, he retired in 2010 and the allegations took place in Sep 2013, 3 years after his retirement. Has fan mentality taken on that of the tabloid media now? Gimme a break!

  6. tindeaux said:

    “wow. how many women had been raped by him?”

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    I think at least 8 women have claimed Sharper had assaulted and/or raped them. He faces rape charges in 4 states.

  7. In a related story, Commissioner Goodell has suspended Sharper for 2 weeks from all NFL related activities.

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    In further news, the NFLPA has filed an injunction against the league that the suspension does not fall in line the collective bargaining agreement.

  8. Hands of Steel – It’s the owners paying the players, and you’re paying the owners by being a fan of the game, buying jerseys and tickets, and commenting on this site and leading to more media attention.

    While I wish teachers were paid more, get off your high horse – Almost anyone can be a teacher in America – These are the top 1,000 football players in the world.

    Get so tired of people always whining about teachers wages and how much pro athletes make – It’s driven by the consumer – volunteer to pay more in taxes if you want to see teacher pay increase.

  9. What do American voters have to do with how much players make? They produce more money than they get. They deserve everything they get.

  10. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Dec 12, 2014 12:16 PM
    “Wow. Some people just don’t have morals. But hey, let’skeep enabling these type of people by paying them 500 times more than we pay our educators. Good job American voters”

    I must have missed something, when did the American voters start electing players to be on their team?

  11. abqhawk says: Dec 12, 2014 12:44 PM

    Not a fan of MN or NO but why is everyone down on those teams re: Sharper? For crissake, he retired in 2010 and the allegations took place in Sep 2013, 3 years after his retirement. Has fan mentality taken on that of the tabloid media now? Gimme a break!
    …………………..
    It’s only packer fans that poke fun at MN and NO for Sharpers crimes. Ironically, Sharper was drafted by the packers and played most of his career there. He was a former teammate of Mark Chumura at GB and apparently learned a lot from him on how to behave off the field.

  12. Oh cmon how many of you people had sex with your girlfriend while she was half asleep especially if you woke her up in the middle of the night? So I guess you should all be accused of rape too?

  13. No doubt some commenters won’t be able to differentiate between tangible evidence leading to an indictment and reasonable doubt. Those would be the same simpletons who ignore all the innocent people indicted in the 50s and 60s with scant evidence and plenty of reasonable doubt. The system isn’t rigged, the media is.

  14. Funny how Packer fans are suddenly ripping the Vikings because this guy was on the team. Umm, short memories? Oh ya, probably too drunk to remember that far back.

  15. “Ok…the difference between aggravated and simple rape? Isn’t all rape an aggravation?”

    From a search online the definition of aggravated rape as opposed to rape varies by state but includes –

    – Upon an older person (approx. 65 years of age or older)
    – When the victim resists to the utmost, but is overcome by force
    – When the victim is prevented from resisting by threats of great and immediate bodily harm
    – When the victim is prevented from resisting because the offender is armed with a weapon
    – When more than one offender participates
    – When the victim is unable to resist due to a physical or mental infirmity preventing resistance
    – When the victim is under a certain age

  16. Packer fans thought he should have been incarcerated after he let T.O. catch that TD pass in 1998

  17. As its been said in the past, “Something happens to you when you put on the purple jersey”

    But Sharper’s time with the Vikings will come in handy once he lands in prison, at least he will know what its like to be beaten down and abused on a regular basis.

  18. Bye-Bye

    “Louisiana law states that a person convicted of committing aggravated rape shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.”

  19. The accusations are horrifying, but I’m going to wait until there’s a conviction. This is America, at least as long as I’m around.

  20. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Dec 12, 2014 1:06 PM
    All these Viking player legal stories are becoming troubling.
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    You cannot seriously be this dumb, can you? Can you?! Everybody knows he played twice as long with the Packers! Jeez…

  21. Buddy of mine played ball with him and Sean McDermott at W&M….I used to not believe some of the scumbag stories he would tell me about Sharper…appears he wasn’t kidding at all!! Lock him up!

  22. bbb82 says: Dec 12, 2014 12:19 PM

    Grand Juries… You can shoot or choke someone to death, but just don’t rape them.

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    Grand Juries “You need to have evidence to indict someone, not just friends and criminal accomplices of the dead criminal making up whatever story serves their agenda in order to get revenge”

  23. This story will get 1/1000th the coverage Richie Incognito got and 1/10,000th the attention Donald Sterling received. And just compare the situations.

    Life in prison vs. a guy that might’ve been a bully.
    Repeated drugging and rapes vs. a guy who said some racist stuff from his home phone (illegally recorded but hey, what difference does that make?)
    Unreal.

  24. “The maximum sentence for aggravated rape in Louisiana is life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspended sentence.”

    Why isn’t this in EVERY state!

  25. 2ruefan says:

    Grand Juries “You need to have evidence to indict someone, not just friends and criminal accomplices of the dead criminal making up whatever story serves their agenda in order to get revenge”
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    Evidence? You mean like perfectly clear audio and video from 6 feet away of the crime being committed?

  26. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Dec 12, 2014 1:06 PM
    All these Viking player legal stories are becoming troubling.

    Considering he was indicted in the state where his last football team was New Orleans, and also played for the Packers.

  27. If he had done this while playing football for FSU they would have filed charges against the victims.

  28. When is tge last time a nfl player got the maximum penalty for any crime?

    The more money you have the less guilty you are in our “justice” system.

  29. This from mn1288
    Get so tired of people always whining about teachers wages and how much pro athletes make – It’s driven by the consumer – volunteer to pay more in taxes if you want to see teacher pay increase.
    *************************************************Well said!

  30. Packer legends…James Lofton, Mossy Cade, Mark Chmura, Brandon Underwood, Darren Sharper. A proud Packer tradition.

  31. You “fans” need to look past the teams he played for and realize that what Sharper is accused of, regardless of where he used to work, is a serious crime. Not good at all.

  32. so, if I’m reading this right, he raped a woman from inside of prison.
    Incarcerated in Feb, “simple rape last August”.

  33. shortmandan says:Dec 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Packer legends…James Lofton, Mossy Cade, Mark Chmura, Brandon Underwood, Darren Sharper. A proud Packer tradition.

    *** Every team will have its undesirables…. It is what the organization does when faced with these palyers and illegal activity. Green bay immediately removed every name mention above from ever playing with the team again… let me say that again, immediately!!! This includes Lofton who was still in his prime, he was traded two days after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute.

    Adrian Peterson is still a Viking… you Viking fans have no higher moral ground to call out any team, especially The Packers.

  34. whynotjustadmitit says:
    Dec 12, 2014 2:00 PM
    Definitely not getting life even though he probably deserves it. He’ll get a slap on the wrist with a few years
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    Did you not read or comprehend what was written about an aggravated rape conviction in Louisiana? It carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

  35. This summer a former Ravens Cheerleader named Molly was also indicted for rape in Delaware. Apparently she did some 15 year old boy that’s a classmate of her son. If convicted, she will also face a long prison term.

    From a strictly humanitarian viewpoint, I wonder if Sharper and Molly are both convicted if Louisiana and Delaware can work out an arrangement where they would be cell mates. Seems like the humanitarian thing to do.

  36. His only hope is to have the trial moved to Minnesota. They have a long, proud tradition of blindly forgiving and worshipping anyone who ever wore a purple jersey, regardless of how heinous the crimes they committed.

  37. bbb82 says: Dec 12, 2014 1:45 PM
    Evidence? You mean like perfectly clear audio and video from 6 feet away of the crime being committed
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    Yeah, there was SO much audio and Video from 6 feet way with Mike Brown… genius…

  38. He should hope to get this moved to Texas and hire Rusty Hardin as his atty. Few thousand dollar fine, community service and probation, then get it wiped from his record.

    Just think – if he were still playing football, he could go on the exempt list and get paid!

    /sarcasm

  39. shortmandan says:Dec 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Packer legends…James Lofton, Mossy Cade, Mark Chmura, Brandon Underwood, Darren Sharper. A proud Packer tradition.

    *** Every team will have its undesirables…. It is what the organization does when faced with these palyers and illegal activity. Green bay immediately removed every name mention above from ever playing with the team again… let me say that again, immediately!!! This includes Lofton who was still in his prime, he was traded two days after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute.

    Adrian Peterson is still a Viking… you Viking fans have no higher moral ground to call out any team, especially The Packers.
    ________________________________________

    And yet the Angelic Packer organization resigned convicted felon drug dealer Johnny Jolly to a new contract after he got out of prison in 2013. Yeah……keep preaching!

  40. What Sharper did has no connection on how these teams run there organizations.
    Quit fooling yourself that it does. Your just making yourself look that much more foolish.
    As far as we know Sharper committed these crimes after he retired.

  41. And yet the Angelic Packer organization resigned convicted felon drug dealer Johnny Jolly to a new contract after he got out of prison in 2013. Yeah……keep preaching!

    Thanks for proving my point… He was released immediately after his arrest and only after he did his time, suspension from the NFL, met the commissioner, and met him the President of the Packers did they give him a second chance. The Packers did everything right in this incident… The Vikings in the Love Boat, whizzinator, or AD incidents, hid their collective heads in the sand. I will keep Preaching…. accept the message

  42. how much does anyone want to bet all the evidence wasnt presented, and if he did testify he was grilled incessantly? unlike a particular former cop from MO..sorry, had to say it. now rot in P sharper…

  43. He should have taken a deep breath& put his hands up, where is sharp ton,Jessie Jackson Obama & all the other enablers on this one.

  44. I sure hope none of these accusing woman are white. This country can’t handle any more of these out of control protesters who riot at the drop of a hat… even when the evidence points to no actual wrong doing, that fact is totally ignored and they riot on! Forensic evidence proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Brown NEVER had his hands raised during the entire episode, as well as 7 testimonies from independent witnesses backing up Officer Wilson’s statements…yet the “hands up” joke marches on..lol!

  45. i love how packer fans are saying he is the perfect representation of the minnesota vikings and their fans, yet, convieniently forget that he played for the packers most of his career. kind of like how they just chose to forget favre played for the packers for 17 years when the sexting scandal broke out.

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