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Lawrence Taylor indicted on charges of third-degree rape and more

June 23, 2010 | 11:20 am

Taylor_300 Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was indicted Wednesday by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.

The former New York Giants linebacker also was indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual abuse and criminal sexual act in the third degree.

Taylor faces up to four years in prison if convicted. He has denied the charges.

He was arrested May 6 at a Holiday Inn in Ramapo, N.Y., where prosecutors said he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him.

Taylor had been charged previously in Ramapo Town Court, but the indictment transfers the case to Rockland County. He is scheduled to appear July 13.

Taylor's attorney reiterated his client's innocence Wednesday.

"Mr. Taylor and his legal team made a strategic decision not to present any evidence to the grand jury, including him testifying or any witnesses in his defense," defense attorney Arthur Aidala said.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Lawrence Taylor leaves the Ramapo Police Department in Suffern, N.Y., on May 6. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press.

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