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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom Thursday, February 20, 2014, pleading not guilty to charges of drugging and raping a pair of women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Sharper’s bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (Photo credit: Bob Chamberlin/AFP/Getty Images) / Getty


Former NFL safety Darren Sharper reached a plea agreement in New Orleans on Friday which reportedly resolves nine rape charges against him in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz, reports USA Today.

Exactly how much time Sharper will receive most likely will be revealed in Los Angeles on Monday, when Sharper is expected to plead guilty to charges.

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Authorities say that Sharper’s MO was to rape the women after he spiked their drinks with drugs, including zolpidem, also known as Ambien.

The serial rapist won a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and all of the alleged incidents came after Sharper’s retirement in 2011.

According to USA Today:

Sharper, 39, has been jailed without bail in Los Angeles since Feb. 27, 2014. By reaching a plea deal now, he avoids the risk of an even harsher sentence down the road, along with the rising legal costs of taking the cases to trial.

In New Orleans, he faced life in prison if convicted of drugging and raping two women on Sept. 23, 2013. He also faced federal drug charges and another rape charge there from Aug. 31, 2013.

In Los Angeles, he faced more than 30 years in prison, if convicted, after being accused of drugging and raping two women in separate incidents in October 2013 and January 2014.

In Arizona, Sharper was charged with drugging three women and raping two of them in November 2013.

ESPN reports that Sharper had a 14-year All-Pro career as a safety with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, with whom he won the Super Bowl. Sharper was fired as an analyst for the NFL Network when the rape allegations first surfaced in February 2014.

SOURCES: USA Today | ESPN

 

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