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Darren Sharper faces penile plethysmograph testing upon prison release


Upon his release from prison, former NFL safety Darren Sharper will be subjected to incredibly stringent probational regimen, including being subjected to regular penile plethysmograph testing.

Sharper reportedly will be routinely subjected to lie detector tests. He will not be able to consume alcohol or enter liquor stores. And for the first three to five years following his release, his movements will be tracked with GPS, among other restrictive conditions.

The penile plethysmograph, for instance, is a test where “a sensor is attached to the penis while an array of sexual images flashes before his eyes, to gauge arousal,” per a New Orleans Advocate report.

While Sharper, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape charges involving nine victims in four states, will unlikely serve his full term — nine years is the current reported estimate — he will be under lifetime probation in Arizona, where he reportedly will be forced to spend his remaining years upon his release, according to a report from The Times-Picayune.

Despite an outcry that Sharper’s punishment doesn’t fit his many alleged, heinous crimes, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro begs to differ and broke down the restrictive and thorough terms of Sharper’s probation.

“There is a significant period that is hanging over his head,” Cannizzaro said. “Essentially, he will be on probation for the rest of his life. He will be required to stay in Arizona for the larger portion of his life. So, from the perspective of the sentence, I do believe this is, to some extent, an onerous sentence on Mr. Sharper.”

If Sharper violates any of the terms of his probation, he could serve at least another 14 years in prison. Then, upon his release, he would again face the same conditions.

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman stated under no uncertain terms that should Sharper fail to comply with any of the terms of the plea agreement, he would be returned to Louisiana to serve out the balance of his 20-year sentence.

“Look, certainly they would have liked to see a greater sentence imposed. I understand that, and we have discussed that with them,” Cannizzaro added. “But for all intents and purposes, these victims have been vindicated. They were in fact the victims of this man’s sexual assaults. They were not doing this for any financial gain, but simply they wanted to come forward and let the community know, ‘This guy violated us,’ and he is going to walk into the courtroom and plead guilty.”

[New York Daily News, photo credit: Wally Skalij]