**The NOPDis also investigating an allegation of sexual abuse against Darren Sharper. A spokesman for the department issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying that a complaint had been lodged against Sharper on Sept. 24, 2013....

LOSANGELES, Ca. - Former Saints defensive back Darren Sharper, a prominent member of the Super Bowl winning team in 2010, was arrested Friday on suspicion of rape,
according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's web site.

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles said
he has been accused in two sexual assaults, one in Oct. 2013 and the other in Jan. 2014.

Sharper was booked into the L.A. county jail and released on $200,000 bail. Acourt date has been set for Feb. 14.

No other details have been released.

The NFLNetwork, for whom Sharper has been working as an analyst, quickly suspended him without pay.

'Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,' said Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for the NFLNetwork.

Eyewitness News has reached out to Darren Sharper and his representatives and are awaiting a response.

Sharper played in the NFLwith the Vikings, Packers and Saints..

Prior to working for the NFL Network, Sharper served as a football analyst for WWL-TV for one month, in August of 2012.

Acquired by the Saints prior to the 2009 season, Sharper helped fuel an opportunistic defense that helped the team reach and win the Super Bowl. Sharper had 9 interceptions in that season, 3 of which he returned for touchdowns as the team got off to a 13-0 start, finished 13-3 and received the top playoff seed.

In 2010 Sharper only played in 8 of 16 games and did not have any interceptions. That was his last year in the league.

Sharper was named to 5 Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. He was named to the NFLAll-Decade Team for the 2000s.

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