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Former New Orleans Saints player charged with rape

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Darren Sharper (source: AP Graphics) Darren Sharper (source: AP Graphics)
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WGNO) -

Former Saints safety Darren Sharper has been charged with rape in Los Angeles.

Sharper is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

The complaint alleges the controlled substances were zolpidem and morphine.

According to reports, Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, 2013, and invited them to another party.

On the way, Sharper allegedly told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick something up and invited both women up. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a shot. Each woman passed out. The first woman allegedly woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The second woman allegedly awoke and "interrupted his actions."

On Jan. 14, Sharper met two separate women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and invited them to a party. Stopping at his hotel, he allegedly invited both up to his room, offered them a shot, and each passed out.

When they woke up hours later on Jan. 15, one woman believed she'd been sexually assaulted. Both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.

Sharper is also suspected of raping women in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.

If convicted, he faces more than 30 years in state prison.

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