[StBernard] Investigators interview St. Bernard Parish deputy about messages from Sharper

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Thu Feb 20 06:45:15 EST 2014

Investigators interview St. Bernard Parish deputy about messages from
Published 4:52 PM CST Feb 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS -A sergeant with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office has
been interviewed by investigators from New Orleans regarding text messages
that were sent by former NFL standout Darren Sharper on or about the night
Sharper is accused of raping a local woman.

Licciardi's attorney confirmed that his client has been in contact with the
Orleans Parish authorities, but did not specify what agency they represent.
Those conversations took place last week.

He added that Licciardi made the introduction between Sharper and the
alleged victim just hours before the incident in question.

Social media accounts belonging to Licciardi include multiple retweets of
posts by Sharper.

Sharper is being investigated after a woman filed a September 2013 complaint
alleging he drugged and assaulted her during a night of drinking at area
bars. The case was first reported by the I-Team last month. The rape
allegedly happened at a Warehouse District condominium.

Separately, Sharper is charged in Los Angeles in connection with two alleged
rapes. He is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday after making a court
appearance last Friday.

The former All Pro safety, who has most recently worked as a television
analyst, is currently free on bond, though under court order to remain in
the Los Angeles area.

Women in two other states -- Arizona and Nevada -- have also independently
come forward to accuse Sharper of sexual assault. Police in Tempe, Ariz., on
Wednesday released a report detailing the allegations from two women there.

Sharper has not been charged in New Orleans, but authorities tell WDSU the
investigation remains active.

In addition to his work in law enforcement, records show Licciardi owns a
bar in Arabi. He is not accused of any misconduct and his attorney does not
believe he is the target of any investigation.

A St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman said Sheriff James Pohlmann
is aware that Licciardi has been in contact with investigators regarding the
matter, but did not go into further detail.

A NOPD spokeswoman had no additional detail on the matter. A message left
with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office was not returned
Wednesday afternoon.

Both agencies are involved in the Sharper case.

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