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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper a suspect in seven alleged rapes

By Rob Cypher, Feb 16, 2014 | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    A sworn declaration from a Los Angeles detective in a legal filing in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday claims former NFL safety Darren Sharper is a suspect in seven alleged rapes from September 2013 through January 2014.

    In the court filing, which was obtained and posted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and which was cited by multiple other media outlets, detective John Machiarella alleges, via review of police reports and his own investigating, that Sharper has been accused in rapes in New Orleans, Tempe, Arizona, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. According to the filing, Machiarella also alleges that Sharper is accused of supplying a controlled substance on 11 different occasions, according to the filing, which argued Sharper’s bond should be raised to $10 million.

    Sharper was charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs in Los Angeles County on Friday. He has not been charged in connection with the other accusations.

    Sharper’s attorney, Blair Berk, professed his client’s innocence on Friday.

    “We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded,” Berk said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    According to the Times-Picayune, Sharper remains free on $200,000 bail but had to give up his passport and cannot leave the Los Angeles area. He will be arraigned on February 20.

    Mike Wilkening
    February 14, 2014



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