Darren Sharper reaches deals on rape charges

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper is reaching plea deals in rape cases in four separate states.

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper continues to reach plea deals for cases in which he was charged with rape in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz.

On Monday, Sharper pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles court, where he faced charges of drugging and raping two women, one in October 2013 and the other in January 2014. The Los Angeles charges could have brought 30 years in prison.

The deal is part of a larger agreement to resolve cases in the three other states. He had already pleaded guilty by video to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in Arizona earlier Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

"This plea constitutes a complete vindication of these victims as well as their truthfulness," Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said in a statement published in USA Today.

The case has been going on for a couple years after Sharper was accused of slipping drugs to women and then sexually abusing them when they weren’t able to resist or offer consent.

He has been in jail in Los Angeles since February 2014. He would have faced life in prison if he was convicted drugging and raping two women in Sept. 2013 in the New Orleans case.

Sharper led the NFL in interceptions in two separate seasons – he had nine each in 2000 with the Green Bay Packers and in 2009 with the New Orleans Saints. He also had nine with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005.

He played 14 years in the NFL, his first eight with the Packers, four with the Vikings and two with the Saints. He is tied for seventh on the NFL’s all-time interceptions list with 63.

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