(Information in the following story is from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An ex-law officer implicated in a rape case against former NFL star Darren Sharper has pleaded not guilty to counts of rape, human trafficking and battery.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff, entered his plea on Friday before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman.

Licciardi is charged with the aggravated rape of a woman on Feb. 2, 2013, and with three counts of human trafficking for the purposes of providing sexual conduct.

He also is also alleged to have committed battery with a dangerous weapon on Nov. 17, 2013.

Licciardi is being held without bond on federal charges of distributing drugs to women whom Sharper is accused of raping. He also faces charges of witness tampering.

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