"It's pretty black and white. They didn't do their job."
April 14, 2015 9:59 AM Subscribe
"If his name was John Brown, he would have been in jail," one criminal justice official with knowledge of the case said. "If a woman says, 'He's the guy that raped me,' and you have corroborating evidence to show they were together and she went to the hospital and she can identify him, that guy goes to jail."Last week, ProPublica and the New Orleans Advocate published the results of their months-long joint investigation outlining how law enforcement officers in five states repeatedly (and sometimes deliberately) failed to apprehend former NFL star Darren Sharper as he traveled cross-country drugging and raping women: Upon Further Review.
[cw: rape, sexual assault, violent misogyny, law enforcement collusion to cover up same]
Sharper's crime spree ended only after his 2014 arrest in Los Angeles, following a 24-hour period in which he sexually assaulted four women in two states. He pled guilty or no contest to state and federal charges in March, shortly after his attorneys reached a compromise on their request to place a gag order on the federal case against one of Sharper's co-defendants, St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff Brandon Licciardi. (Licciardi has pled not guilty on all charges.)
Although he had been facing a life sentence, Sharper's plea deal may see him released from prison after serving only nine years. The Advocate reported on the deal, as well as the probationary restrictions, monitoring, and tests intended to follow Sharper for the rest of his life: 'Penile plethysmograph' test to gauge arousal part of Darren Sharper's strict post-prison deal. The most recent twist to the case involves a question as to whether Sharper's reduced term is even legal under Louisiana state law, which requires convicted rapists to serve at least 85% of their sentences.
Reporters from ProPublica, The Advocate, and Sports Illustrated recently made themselves available for an AMA on Reddit, excerpted here.
More on the FBI's ViCAP from FiveThirtyEight: Better Data Entry Could Help Stop Rapists Like Darren Sharper Before They Assault More Women.
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