Darren Sharper accused of sexual assault in Louisiana

Arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of rape, former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper is under investigation in Louisiana and accused of sexual assault.

According to WDSU-TV, a woman told New Orleans police in September that Sharper sexually assaulted her.

Sharper is accused of rape stemming from alleged incidents in California in October and this month.

The case remains open and active in New Orleans. Sharper allegedly assaulted the woman at a private residence in the Warehouse District.

"The NOPD is investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Darren Sharper," the New Orleans police department said in a statement. "As with every case alleging sexual assault, information gathered is extremely sensitive and the top priority of the detectives is to protect the person who filed the complaint. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot provide additional information at this time."

That case remains open and active. Detectives are investigating what is described as a simple rape -- or sexual assault -- complaint. Officials did not provide any specifics, such as where the incident happened, but sources told WDSU the encounter between Sharper and the alleged victim took place at a private residence in the Warehouse District.

Sharper, 38, retired in 2010. He works for NFL Networkas an analyst and has been suspended without pay.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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