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Lawrence Taylor charged with third-degree rape

May 6, 2010 |  1:16 pm

Fabforum Police in Suffern, N.Y., say Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been charged with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute in an assault on a teen runaway who was brought to his hotel room against her will.   

The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested early Thursday. Police say the victim was 16, one year below the legal age of consent in New York.   

An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, told the Associated Press that he is confident Taylor will be proved innocent.   

Police Chief Peter Brower said Taylor paid the girl $300. He wouldn't comment on whether Taylor knew how young she was, but he said, “Ignorance is not an excuse to an individual's age.”

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Lawrence Taylor. Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images.