The factual basis that Sharper signed indicated he also tried to have “sexual relations” with the woman Licciardi is accused of raping, but he did not manage to do so, according to statements made during the hearing Milazzo presided over Friday.

The victim from February 2013 was given a drink she did not know was spiked with the drugs Ecstasy, Xanax and Valium, Sharper admitted Friday.

She’s only bound by the maximum 20-year sentence on each count to which Sharper pleaded guilty. In the meantime, Sharper will meet with investigators to hold up his end of the bargain, revealing what he knows about crimes committed by others.“Judges understand that prosecutors need a little bit of leeway in order to negotiate plea deals, and so they generally do not take it lightly to disturb that, but it is absolutely in her power to grant up to the maximum sentence,” said Tania Tetlow, a former federal prosecutor and director of Tulane’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

Rape charges have been filed in Las Vegas against former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who already faces sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the Phoenix area.

Sharper’s Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared Friday, March 20, 2015, before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault charges involving two women in January 2014.

The first count against Sharper accuses him of a conspiracy — dating back at least to early 2010 and running up until 2014 — to drug women “with the intent to commit a crime of violence, that is, rape.”He also was charged with illicitly distributing drugs in two specific incidents, one involving a model he met at a pre-Super Bowl party in February 2013, the other involving a former Saintsations cheerleader, as well as another woman, at his Tchoupitoulas Street condo in September 2013.

The latter incident led to a pair of aggravated rape counts against Sharper in the state indictment handed up in December.

Those are the counts to which he is expected to enter guilty pleas on a lesser charge of forcible rape.

The earlier of those two incidents resulted in an aggravated rape charge against Licciardi.Licciardi, 30, has pleaded not guilty in both state and federal court. To get a nine-year sentence — literally, one year per rape — he will clearly say anything.“Brandon never drugged or raped any woman.His lawyer, Ralph Capitelli, on Friday said the factual basis supporting Sharper’s guilty plea was pure fiction.“Sharper is clearly lying about Brandon to keep his sweetheart deal,” Capitelli said. Sharper is lying and laughing at everyone, including the victims and the government, to keep his deal of the century.”Nunez also has pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape and obstruction charges in the state case.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) Darren Sharper, who won glory and a Super Bowl ring patrolling the Saints’ defensive backfield during the team’s lone championship season, admitted in federal court in New Orleans on Friday that he spent much of his early retirement drugging women with the aim of raping them.The former All-Pro safety pleaded guilty to three counts in a conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape.Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Billy Gibbens , left and Kyle Schonekas, attorneys for Darren Sharper arrive at Federal Court in New Orleans, La.