Prosecutors are asking that bail for former Saints defensive back Darren Sharper be raised to $10 million based on the facts of two alleged rapes in Los Angeles, as well as three additional allegations in New Orleans, Arizona and Nevada.
In a criminal complaint filed Friday, Sharper is accused of drugging the women with morphine and zolpidem, then raping them after they passed out in two separate attacks, one on Oct. 30, the other on Jan. 15.
Sharper was arrested in the cases in Los Angeles on Jan. 17 and was released after posting a $200,000 bond.
Prosecutors were in court Friday to ask for an increase in Sharper’s bond based on the facts of the case. His hearing was postponed until Feb. 20 and he remains free on bond.
Charges against Sharper have been expanded to include two counts of rape by drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled dangerous substance and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
Sharper is also under investigation in New Orleans based on a sexual assault complaint on Sept. 24 in the warehouse district.
Los Angeles prosecutors referred to the New Orleans case and separate, unconfirmed complaints in Arizona and Nevada as a basis for asking for the steep bail increase.
Deputy District Attorney Stacy Okun-Wiese “will ask a judge to raise his bail to $10 million because Sharper, who lives in Miami, Fla., is suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and Lousiana," the press release states.
When Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, he was immediately suspended indefinitely without pay from the NFL Network where had been a consultant. For one month in August of 2012, Sharper was an analyst for WWL-TV.
The 38-year-old Sharper spent 14 years in the NFL as a safety. He played for three teams, the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings and then the Saints. He was a five-time Pro-Bowl selection. Sharper was part of the Saints Super Bowl championship team in 2009. Following his second year with Saints in 2010, Sharper announced his retirement.