Mar 6, 2014 6:42 PM by Dave Fields

Arrest warrants allege Sharper's victims awakened to being raped

Newly obtained Orleans Parish arrest warrants issued on Feb. 27 for former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper and another man, provide new insight into just how police believe the two men committed the alleged rapes of two women in New Orleans last year.

Detectives from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes division obtained the warrants for Sharper, 38, and Erik Nunez, 26. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, according to the warrants.

According to the warrants, Sharper and Nunez stand accused of raping the two women at the same location on Sept. 23, 2013. The warrants also specify that detectives met with both alleged victims at 5:06p.m. the next day. The warrants indicate the alleged victims' motivations for coming forward.

"Victims wanted to state that the accused Darren Sharper, black male, and Eric Nunez, white male, together had sexual intercourse with them while they were under the influence of an unknown substance," says the official document from Orleans Parish.

The documents, signed by New Orleans Police Det. Derrick Williams on Feb. 27, state that "victims #1 and #2 were substantially impaired by the substance to a degree and that both do not recall the entirety of the sexual intercourse."

"Victim #1 awoke from the stupor with the accused, Darren M. Sharper, completely nude on top of her. Victim #1 was the disoriented and believed Sharper was having sexual intercourse with her. At no time did Victim #1 consent to the sexual intercourse with Darren Sharper," reads the allegations in the warrant.

The allegations by Victim #2 read identically to those of Victim #1.

The warrant also specifies that "a known acquaintance later arrived at the scene of the incident" and that this acquaintance had "key access." The warrant states that the acquaintance "entered the apartment and observed the accused, Darren Sharper, standing dressed in boxer shorts (underwear)." It continues that the acquaintance "observed the second accused, Eric Nunez, exiting the bedroom known to him as Darren Sharper's bedroom, the room that Nunez had just exited."

"The witness observed Nunez to be wearing boxer shorts (underwear). Through further investigation by the detectives, it was learned that Nunez and Sharper admitted to other known witnesses that he and Sharper had vaginal and/or oral sex with victims #1 and #2 without their knowledge or permission," reads the accusations on the warrant.

Sharper, who also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona, has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.

New Orleans-based attorney, Nandi Campbell, represents Sharper in Louisiana, and attorney Leonard B. Levine represents Sharper in the California case.

If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez each would face life imprisonment. If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison.

The six-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler has played in two Super Bowls, once as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers and also in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints. After 14 years as a player, Sharper spent several years as an NFL analyst for the NFL Network, until his recent suspension and subsequent dismissal from the network.

To read the arrest warrants, click here.



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