Lawrence Taylor: Rape, Fame and Probation
New York Giants didn’t make the playoffs but former Giants legend Lawrence Taylor did make a move that will keep him out of jail.
Lawrence Taylor (now 51 years old) was arrested in May of 2010 based on the suspicion that he paid to have sex with a 16-year-old girl. In June of 2010 he was indicted on third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act charges. This entire incident started when a guy name Rasheed Davis and his female companion took the underage girl to Taylor’s hotel room where he agreed to pay $300 to have sex with her. The girl got scared and sent a text message to her uncle who called the police. When they arrived Taylor signed a consent form that let them search the room. There they found a condom with DNA evidence.
Had he been convicted of the charges he was originally facing it would have meant a minimum of 10 years in jail. Yesterday he cut a deal and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors including sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute. He will also have to register as a sex offender in two states – New York and Florida. With the deal Lawrence Taylor agreed to pay a $1,400 fine and serve six years of probation.
In court when the judge asked if Taylor understood that by cutting the plead deal he was waiving his right to a trial by jury he replied, “I fully understand.” The judge then asked him if he accepted that he had had sex with an underage girl Taylor responded, “She told me she was 19,” after short pause he then acknowledged his wrong doing with a simple, “yes.”
The girl in question was apparently five days short of her 17th birthday which is the age of consent in New York. Had she been 17, Taylor’s lawyer points out, this case may not have been much of an issue. Both Taylor and the lawyer stand by his claim that he thought she was 19. I guess only he and the girl really know the truth and now neither of them is talking.
Taylor is known for his womanizing ways and his love of strip clubs and good times. Hopefully this incident will serve as a wakeup call to him. For the next six years he will be on probation. Any trouble he gets in could come back to hit him very hard. Lawrence Taylor dodged a bullet this time, next time he may not be so lucky.
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