by Aaron Wilson
February 14, 02014
Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has been accused of being a serial rapist.
Sharper is suspect of seven rapes and drugging 11 people in four different states, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Sharper has been formally charged with two rapes involving drugs in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement officials have asked a Los Angeles judge to raise Sharper's bond from $200,000 to $10 million. A ruling has been postponed. He is free on bail.
Sharper remains suspended without pay from his NFL Network analyst job.
"We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case and we are hopeful that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded," Sharper's lawyer, Blair Berk, told The Los Angeles Times.
Sharper has been accused of similar crimes in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe, Ariz.
He hasn't been charged in New Orleans and his Louisiana lawyer has said there's a lack of evidence in that case.
Sharper is facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the rape charges in Los Angeles.
Sharper is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting five other women.
Sharper, 38, was ordered to surrender his passport, remain in Los Angeles and not go to a nightclub where he allegedly met four of his victims.
According to court documents, Sharper would meet women at a nightclub and then gave them shots of alcohol that caused them to black out.
Law enforcement officials said the women said they woke up later to find Sharper assaulting them or a friend.
According to the police report, Sharper's DNA was found in one of the victims and an Ambien generic was found in a cup he gave ot another victim.
In the Arizona case, Sharper allegedly assaulted three women after giving them shots that caused them to black out.
Sharper has previous NFL stints with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.