Lawrence Taylor designated a low-risk sex offender
Prosecutors had argued for a level 2 designation, but Rockland County Court Judge William Kelly gave Taylor the lower level 1 designation, saying the former New York Giants star was not targeting children and is unlikely to commit the same crime again.
As a result of the decision, Taylor's photo will not appear on the online registry of sexual offenders.
Taylor, who was not present at Tuesday's hearing, was sentenced last month to six years' probation after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. The girl was 16 at the time, but Taylor has said she told him she was 19.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Lawrence Taylor arrives at the Bergen County courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., on March 4. Credit: Mel Evans / Associated Press