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Arrest warrants issued for former Saints DB Darren Sharper in New Orleans

02.28.14 at 9:38 am ET
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Just over a month after he was arrested in Los Angeles, former Saints defensive back Darren Sharper has warrants out for his arrest in New Orleans. According to USA Today, Sharper allegedly raped two women in New Orleans last September and is suspected of raping a total of nine women in five states.

A source has told CNN that Sharper turned himself into police Thursday evening, hours after the warrants were obtained.

The New Orleans warrants also seek Sharper’€™s acquaintance Erik Nunez, whose LinkedIn account states that he is an “event coordinator/sales executive at Get Checked or Get out.” The health charity promotes breast-cancer awareness, and, since Sharper’€™s marketing agent runs the charity, Sharper has appeared as the star attendee at some of the group’€™s events.

Police in New Orleans were already investigating Sharper for one alleged rape in New Orleans from last September, and, last week, a Los Angeles prosecutor referenced a second alleged victim in Louisiana.

Sharper and Nunez both face two counts of aggravated rape in New Orleans.

“Last week, investigators learned that not one but two women were allegedly sexually assaulted by Sharper in the same apartment the night of September 23rd,” the New Orleans police said in a statement. “New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location.”

According to the New Orleans police, additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

Last week, Sharper pleaded not guilty to charges in Los Angeles that he drugged two women and then raped them. Police suspect that Sharper did the same thing to two women in Arizona and Nevada and that he allegedly raped a highly intoxicated woman in Miami Beach, Fla.

According to court documents, Sharper met one of the alleged rape victims from New Orleans at an event for Saints players on Sept. 23. The woman went to a bar with Sharper after the event and consumed a drink that he gave her. The records state that after a gap in memory, the woman remembers waking up the next day with Sharper on top of her sexually assaulting her.

On Sept. 24, the same day the alleged victim went to the hospital for a sexual assault examination, Sharper was advertised as the star attendee at a women’€™s football camp through Get Checked or Get out. Advertisements for the event included the phrase, “Let’€™s Get Physical,” and referred to “Get Crunk Cocktail Hours.”

Court records state that the alleged victim’€™s exam did show presence of Sharper’€™s DNA.

Before the warrants were obtained in New Orleans, Sharper was only facing formal charges in Los Angeles, where he has a preliminary hearing in April.

Last week, Los Angeles Judge Renee Korn raised Sharper’€™s bail from $200,000 to $1 million and also stated that Sharper could not be alone with a woman that he did not know before Oct. 13, 2013 — the date of the first alleged incident in California. Korn also stated that Sharper could not be released if he did not agree to stay in Los Angeles County and not go to nightclubs.

“The court considers these crimes quite serious and has to evaluate the protection of the public,” Korn said.

According to Sharper’€™s attorney, Leonard Levine, “All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company, who voluntarily ingested alcohol and drugs in many cases.”

Sharper faces up to 30 years in prison for the alleged crimes in Los Angeles, but according to Louisiana law, if he is convicted of aggravated rape he could face life imprisonment at hard labor without parole, probation or a suspension of his sentence.

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