Arrest warrants issued for Darren Sharper and another man for aggravated rapes
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Erik Nunez, 26
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for former NFL safety Darren Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year.
Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives obtained the warrants for Sharper, 38, and Erik Nunez, 26. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape, Remi Braden, a police department spokeswoman, said in a news release.
Braden said the two women were allegedly raped at the same location on Sept. 23.
"New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location," she said.
"They've now got enough information that they deemed they should issue an arrest warrant for him, and it's for aggravated rape which is as big as it can get," said Fox 8 Legal Analyst Joseph Raspanti.
Sharper's New Orleans-based attorney, Nandi Campbell, and attorney Leonard B. Levine, who represents Sharper in the California case, did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.
Braden said she did not know whether Nunez had an attorney.
The assault investigation in New Orleans is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, she said.
Fox 8 obtained some information about the relationship between Nunez and Sharper.
The Vice President of a health non-profit in the New Orleans area that partners with the New Orleans Saints confirmed to Fox 8 News that Erik Nunez was a volunteer for the organization, and that Nunez was introduced to members of the organization through Darren Sharper.
If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, both Sharper and Nunez would face life imprisonment.
"The accumulation of everything, the aggregate, means that each individual district attorney knows that they can use that other information for their case under a rule of evidence, and knowing that makes each of those individual cases stronger," said Raspanti. "It means, in short, Darren Sharper's got a lot of problems."
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and a second with the New Orleans Saints.
Sharper retired after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL. He is an analyst for the NFL Network, which has suspended him indefinitely and without pay.
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