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Sharper charged with rape in Las Vegas


Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, already accused of sexual assaults in three other states, was charged with rape in Las Vegas on Friday.

Charges were filed in Las Vegas court against Sharper, who also has been accused of drugging and raping multiple women in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the Phoenix area.

Details of the Las Vegas allegations weren’t available, but Sharper’s Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared in court Friday. The two sexual assault charges stem from allegations that he forced sex on two women in January 2014 while they were incapable of resisting, according to the Associated Press.

Another court hearing in Las Vegas is scheduled for April 3. Each count carries a possible sentence of 10 years to life in Nevada state prison.

Sharper, 39, has been jailed in Los Angeles, where he was due for a preliminary hearing Friday. He previously pleaded not guilty to drugging and raping two women in 2013.

Sharper has been accused of sexually assaulting three women in New Orleans in 2013. He has also been indicted in Tempe, Ariz., on charges he drugged three women and sexually assaulted two of them in November 2013.

Sharper was a 14-year NFL veteran, spending time with the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. The five-time Pro Bowler retired in 2010.

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