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Former Hermitage, NFL Star Charged With Date Rape

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HENRICO (WRIC) – Former NFL star and former Hermitage High School and William & Mary standout Darren Sharper is accused of date rape by multiple women in four states.

Two women in L.A. say they had a drink with sharper, then were sexually assaulted after passing out.

Friday a prosecutor asked for higher bail after women in Arizona and Nevada came forward with similar accusations.

Those who know Sharper are shocked.

At the Glen Allen home of Darren Sharper's parents, no one wanted to speak about the accusations facing the former NFL safety.

"Not at this time we don't have any comments, but we are very positive about Darren."

Sharper was a two sport star at Hermitage High School before moving on to William & Mary to play football, and then to the Packers, Vikings, and Saints in the NFL.

He's now suspended from his job as a sports analyst for the NFL network.

Former Hermitage coach and Assistant Athletics Director Darrell Jenkins coached Sharper in basketball in the early 90s.

"Well it shocks you, and you don't want to rush to judgment either," he says. "You want to be supportive toward the family and your former athlete because obviously this is going to be tough times. He was a guard. He could fire up a three pointer. He was an outstanding three point shooter and just a great athlete."

Jenkins has no comment nor any idea what to make of the allegations against sharper.

But says the man he knows -- along with his brother Jamie -- had a positive influence on young kids in the area.

"Both Jamie and Darren would come back and do their summer football camp, and I think those young men did an outstanding job with that."

Whatever happens, Jenkins hopes no one will rush to judgment before the justice system can do its job.

"I just think you've got to be understanding that there's a legal process that has to occur."

If convicted on the two counts in L.A., he could face 30 years in prison.

 

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