Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Sex Charges, Avoids Jail Time

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges for having sex with a prostitute.

Taylor, 51, was charged with having sex in May with a 16- year-old runaway from the Bronx who was brought by a pimp to a hotel in Suffern, New York, where the former player was staying. Police said Taylor paid the victim $300 after having sex with her.

Taylor pleaded guilty today to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, the Rockland County, New York, District Attorney’s office said in a statement. Taylor is expected to be sentenced to six years of probation on March 22 and register as a sex offender, the DA’s office said.

Taylor previously pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape, which involves sexual intercourse with a minor; patronizing a prostitute; sexual abuse; and endangering a child.

Taylor played all 13 of his National Football League seasons with the Giants, winning two Super Bowls.

He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1986, a three-time defensive player of the year and totaled 132 1/2 sacks. Taylor retired after the 1993 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Taylor has cooperated with his office and the U.S. Attorney in a probe of sex trafficking in the New York area.

Federal Case

Zugibe said the 16-year-old girl told investigators she was verbally threatened, physically assaulted and brought to Taylor’s hotel room by Rasheed Davis, who was arrested by the New York City Police Department and is facing federal charges.

“We made a decision to aggressively prosecute this case, notwithstanding a defendant in the public eye,” Zugibe said. “Today’s agreed-upon plea reflects that.”

Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, didn’t immediately return Messages seeking comment.

Taylor has had a history of off-field problems and admitted in an autobiography to heavy cocaine use. He underwent rehabilitation for abuse of the drug in 1985 and three years later was suspended by the NFL for 30 days after a second positive test for the substance.

In 1995, Taylor spent time in drug-rehabilitation facilities. He was arrested in 1996 and 1998 for trying to buy crack cocaine from undercover police officers.

Taylor pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2000 and received a $10,000 fine and five years probation. In November 2009, he was arrested in Hialeah, Florida, after crashing into another motor vehicle and leaving the scene.

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