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Judge: Sharper Can’t Be Held Indefinitely In Jail

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom Thursday, February 20, 2014, pleading not guilty to charges of drugging and raping a pair of women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. (credit: Bob Chamberlin/AFP/Getty Images)

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in a Los Angeles Superior courtroom Thursday, February 20, 2014, pleading not guilty to charges of drugging and raping a pair of women he allegedly met at a West Hollywood nightclub. (credit: Bob Chamberlin/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper cannot be held without bail indefinitely in a sex assault case in Los Angeles but gave Louisiana prosecutors more time to indict him before allowing his release in California.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn issued the ruling Friday after hearing arguments from Sharper’s attorneys that the athlete should be released on bail.

Sharper has not been charged in New Orleans but faces charges in Los Angeles of allegedly drugging and raping two women.

Korn gave prosecutors until March 13 to present an indictment from New Orleans.

Sharper has pleaded not guilty in the California case and was free on $1 million bail until an arrest warrant was issued in New Orleans.

The warrant states that police detectives in New Orleans learned from witnesses that Sharper and an associate acknowledged having nonconsensual sex with two women.

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