Former Hermitage HS, NFL-star Darren Sharper pleads guilty in rape case

Former Hermitage HS, NFL-star Darren Sharper pleads guilty in rape case

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WWBT/WVUE) - Former Hermitage High School and NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to rape and drug charges in New Orleans Friday morning.

Sharper, who was a standout at William and Mary, agreed to change his plea to guilty in a multijurisdictional deal that will help him avoid a life sentence, reports WVUE.

Sharper has already pleaded guilty or no contest to charges that he drugged women with the intent to commit rape in California, Arizona and Nevada. He was arrested last year on charges he used zolpidem, or Ambien, and morphine to rape three women in Los Angeles. According to the prosecutors, Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013 and brought them back to his hotel room where he gave them each a shot and they passed out, reported WVUE.

Victim one allegedly woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The second woman allegedly awoke and "interrupted his actions," the motion states.

Sharper is also accused of meeting two women at the same club on Jan. 14. He allegedly brought them back to his hotel, invited both up to his room, offered them a shot, and each passed out.

Friday's plea deal includes a nine-year prison sentence, but how long he spends behind bars depends on the other cases. The details of the agreements in other states are under seal until Sharper is sentenced in all of his cases. He has only been sentenced in Arizona.

Another hearing in the New Orleans case has been scheduled for August.

Sharper now lives in Miami Beach, but graduated from Hermitage High School in Richmond in 1993. He played defensive back and William & Mary where he was an All-American twice.

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