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Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to authorities

February 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrendered to authorities in Los Angeles Thursday night on a fugitive warrant for charges he faces in New Orleans, the LAPD confirmed to Eyewitness News.

Sharper, 38, turned himself in around 7:15 p.m. He's being held at the Men's Central Jail with no bail. It is unclear when he will head back to New Orleans to face the charges.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives obtained the warrants for Sharper and his acquaintance, 26-year-old Erik Nunez. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, according to a news release from the New Orleans Police Department. The release stated that the assault investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.

According to Los Angeles prosecutors, Sharper has been accused of drugging women and having sex with them in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and Arizona.

Last week, Sharper pleaded not guilty to felony charges related to the alleged rape of two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Authorities say the assaults occurred in October 2013 and January of this year.

If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez would face life imprisonment.

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL from 1997-2010 with Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans. He retired after the 2010 season. He is an analyst for the NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely and without pay.