Former Saints safety Darren Sharper, 39, who is currently in jail in Los Angeles on charges that he drugged and raped two women in California, was indicted on more rape charges following a federal grand jury investigation in Louisiana.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans announced the new charges on Friday, alleging Sharper and co-defendant Brandon Licciardi distributed illegal drugs “with intent to rape.” Licciardi is a “former Deputy Sheriff with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office,” who resigned his position prior to his arrest on Friday.
Here’s an excerpt from the federal indictment against Darren Sharper:
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, announced that BRANDON LICCIARDI, age 29 of Meraux, Louisiana, and DARREN SHARPER, age 39, formerly of New Orleans, were charged today in a six-count Indictment. LICCIARDI and SHARPER were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape. LICCIARDI was also charged with two counts of Witness Tampering and one count of Impeding an Investigation.
The federal charges came hours after a New Orleans grand jury indicted Darren Sharper, Brandon Licciardi and a third man on rape charges.
Sharper also faces sexual assault charges in Arizona. He was indicted by an Arizona grand jury in March on charges that he drugged and raped two women, and drugged a third woman.
Darren Sharper faces 20 years and a $250,000 fine on each of the three drug charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sharper, Licciardi and a third man face life sentences stemming from multiple rape allegations against them.