Ex-NFL star Sharper jailed over rape cases

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Darren Sharper, pictured here at a Los Angeles court in 2014, is facing multiple allegations of rape and up to 20 years in jail if he is convicted (AFP Photo/Bob Chamberlin)

Darren Sharper, pictured here at a Los Angeles court in 2014, is facing multiple allegations of rape and up to 20 years in jail if he is convicted

Darren Sharper, pictured here at a Los Angeles court in 2014, is facing multiple allegations of rape and up to 20 years in jail if he is convicted (AFP Photo/Bob Chamberlin)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Former National Football League safety Darren Sharper was jailed for nine years Monday as part of a deal to resolve sexual assault charges against him in four US states.

Sharper has been accused of drugging and raping women in Arizona, California, Louisiana and Nevada.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty in Arizona and Nevada, and was sentenced to nine years and eight years respectively, with the sentences to run concurrently.

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In Los Angeles, Sharper pleaded no contest in exchange for a jail term of 20 years, but will serve half the sentence minus time already served, coming to nine years, also concurrently.

He is expected to be transferred to Louisiana to enter a plea deal there, where he will serve his jail time, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He has been jailed in Los Angeles since February 2014.

Sharper, 39, won a Super Bowl title with the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and retired later that year.

Last year, Sharper pleaded not guilty to drugging and raping two women in West Hollywood in 2013.

He faced similar accusations of sexually assaulting three women in New Orleans in 2013, and of drugging three women and sexually assaulting two of them in Tempe, Arizona, in November 2013.

Last week, charges were filed in Clark County Justice Court in Las Vegas alleging he assaulted two women when he knew were "mentally or physically incapable of resisting" in January 2014.

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