Former Saints player Darren Sharper on Monday is expected to admit he raped three women in 2013 in New Orleans.
Sharper is slated to plead guilty to two charges of forcible rape and one of simple rape in front of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman. That follows his pleading guilty or no contest in March to raping a total of six other women in Los Angeles; Las Vegas; and Tempe, Arizona.
Sharper has also pleaded guilty in New Orleans’ federal court to drugging women for the purpose of raping them. Sentencing in that case is tentatively set for Aug. 20.
The plea in Herman’s courtroom would mark the last of five in a “global” deal resolving criminal charges against Sharper, 39, without requiring trials in four separate states. In exchange, Sharper has agreed to serve at least nine more years in federal prison before being released to California parole officials and, after that, lifetime probation administered by the state of Arizona.
The former All-Pro safety has also agreed to share with investigators any knowledge he has about crimes others may have committed.
State prosecutors in Louisiana have also charged two Sharper co-defendants with a variety of crimes, including aggravated rape, which carries life imprisonment upon a conviction.
Former Morton’s steakhouse waiter Erik Nunez, 28, and ex-St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputy Brandon Licciardi, 30, have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Licciardi was also charged in the same federal prosecution to which Sharper pleaded guilty, but he has denied any wrongdoing in that case as well.
Check back with The New Orleans Advocate later for coverage of Monday’s hearing.
Staff writers Ramon Antonio Vargas and John Simerman contributed to this report