NFL star Darren Sharper strikes a plea deal to end sex-assault charges

Retired NFL star Darren Sharper to enter pleas to resolve sex assault claims, lawyer says

Former NFL star Darren Sharper has reached a plea agreement that will resolve all sexual assault charges against him, his lawyer said in court Friday.

The move is a “global resolution” to end all claims in all jurisdictions, attorney Blair Berk said.

Details about the terms of the plea agreement were not released. Sharper is expected to return to court in Los Angeles on Monday to officially enter a plea.

Sharper is also expected to enter a guilty plea in Louisiana within the next 30 days to resolve his pending state and federal charges in New Orleans, said Orleans Parish Dist. Atty. Leon Cannizzaro in a statement.

“This plea constitutes a complete vindication of these victims as well as their truthfulness,” Cannizzaro said.

The Super Bowl-winning safety has been jailed for more than a year amid investigation of accusations that he attacked women in L.A., Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz.

Sharper was charged this week with two counts of sexual assault in Las Vegas stemming from an alleged Jan. 16, 2014, attack on two women, according to Clark County Justice Court records.

The Las Vegas charges accuse Sharper of drugging the women and assaulting them when he knew that they were “mentally or physically incapable of resisting.”

The agreement was announced before a scheduled preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors were expected to present evidence that Sharper drugged two women in Los Angeles before sexually assaulting them.

According to Los Angeles Police Department documents, women told LAPD detectives that Sharper insisted they take drinks he made before they blacked out and were sexually assaulted.

A month after Sharper was arrested and released on bail in Los Angeles, he was again taken into custody after New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest. An L.A. judge ordered that he be held without bail.

Sharper was then indicted by grand juries in Louisiana and Arizona on sexual assault and drug charges.

In Arizona, he faces three counts of conspiring to distribute anxiety and sleeping medicines known to be used as “date rape” drugs with the intent to commit rape.

In Louisiana, he faces federal drug charges and allegations of aggravated rape, which carries a potential life prison sentence.

Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl winner with the New Orleans Saints, retired in 2011 and worked as an analyst for the NFL Network until his arrest in Los Angeles.

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UPDATES

2:30 p.m.: This story has been updated with information from the New Orleans district attorney and adds background on the sexual asault allegations.

12:47 p.m.: This story has been updated with details of the pleas expected Monday.

12:05 p.m.: This story has been updated with comments from Sharper's attorney on a plea he is expected to enter Monday.

This story was originally published at 11:29 a.m.

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