Sharper gets prison time in rape cases

New Orleans, LA ( – Former NFL star Darren Sharper will be
sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape charges in
Louisiana, according to a report.

The deal is part of a “global” resolution to settle multiple sexual assault
cases against the former Pro Bowl safety in four states.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune, citing an unnamed lawyer familiar with the
case, reported Monday that Sharper has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of
forcible rape and one count of simple rape. He is scheduled to appear in court
in New Orleans on April 6.

Sharper was sentenced to concurrent nine-year sentences in three other states
on Monday after reaching plea deals in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Sharper, who has been jailed in Los Angeles since February 2014, appeared via
video conference in an Arizona court room and pleaded guilty to sexual assault
and attempted sexual assault, receiving a nine-year prison term. The Maricopa
County district attorney said Sharper would serve his sentence in federal
prison concurrent with his sentence imposed in Louisiana.

He appeared in a Los Angeles court room and pleaded no contest to sex assault
charges, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also said Sharper agreed to
plead guilty to one felony count of attempted sexual assault in Nevada.

Authorities have said Sharper used sleep drugs to render women unconscious
before sexually assaulting them. He was arrested in Los Angeles in January
2014 on suspicion of rape.

Sharper made five Pro Bowl teams in a 14-year NFL career between 1997 and 2010
and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He won a Super
Bowl with the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season and also played for the
Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

He was fired last February from his job as an analyst for NFL Network.