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Lawrence Taylor indicted on felony third-degree rape charge

Lawrence Taylor arraigned in court Former NFL great Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on two felony counts and three misdemeanor charges related to the alleged rape of a 16-year-old allegedly hired as a prostitute, the Rockland County, N.Y., district attorney's office said Wednesday.

Taylor, 51, faces two class "E" felony counts -- third-degree rape and a third-degree criminal sexual act. The other counts are class "A" and "B" misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree patronizing a prostitute, plus two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The indictment alleges Taylor had intercourse and oral sex with the teen, then paid her $300. Under New York law, sex with a person younger than 17 constitutes third-degree rape.

Dist. Atty. Thomas P. Zugibe, in a statement, called Taylor "the end-user in the criminal chain known as sex trafficking" and said his office was "going to hold those who create the demand accountable."

Taylor's attorney did not respond to Associated Press calls seeking comment.

The Hall of Famer was arrested early May 6 at a Rockland, N.Y., Holiday Inn. According to local police, the alleged victim was a runaway -- 15 when she was reported missing -- and said a pimp was involved in bringing her to the motel. 

Taylor's wife, Lynette, said she believed her husband was set up. Lawrence Taylor, who is out on $75,000 bail and has not yet been arraigned, faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted, the D.A. said.

He's due in court July 13.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Former New York Giants linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, left, with his attorney, Arthur Aidala, is arraigned in Ramapo Town Court in Suffern, N.Y., on May 6, 2010. Credit: Seth Harrison / Associated Press

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Solid evidence would speak more loudly than an indictment. Speaking of evidence, how long does it take to do a forensic exam on a condom ?

Does it seem odd that the child, who says she was coerced by a brutal pimp is able to call out to her uncle when she wants to be rescued ?

Why would the child's friend testify that the alleged child victim "didn't even have to have sex with him" for the $300.00.

Is it believable that Taylor would go to bed with a child that had been visibly beaten. She says the room was dark. If this is so how would Taylor be aroused, by a shadow coming in the door ?

Can any prosecutor smooth over all these discrepancies ? I think the case is in trouble and the indictment is an effort to intimidate Taylor into taking a plea.

I know LT is no angel, but something about this whole thing doesn't seem right. I've got a gut feeling he's been set up, I just think Taylor would have been smarter about something like this, not that he wouldn't have done it mind you, just that he would have been smarter. He doesn't strike me as a dumb man.

Smear..But he took the bait......


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