May 6th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Football star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape

Lawrence Taylor was arrested as part of a rape investigation.

[Updated at 6:46 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 3:46 p.m.] Hall of Fame football star Lawrence Taylor was charged with third-degree rape Thursday in a case involving a 16-year-old girl, police said.

[Posted at 10:40 a.m.] Hall of Fame football linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday in connection with a rape investigation involving a 16-year-old girl, police in Ramapo, New York, said.

Christopher St. Lawrence, the Ramapo, New York, town supervisor and police commissioner, said Taylor, 51, was expected to be charged with third degree rape, which carries a possible penalty of four years in jail.

According to St. Lawrence, Taylor was arrested at the Holiday Inn in Ramapo, about 30 miles northwest of New York City, on Thursday after Ramapo police received a call from New York City police detectives acting on information from the alleged victim's uncle.

The girl, a runaway from New York's Bronx borough since March, was allegedly brought to Ramapo by a pimp, St. Lawrence said.

When the pimp and the girl returned to New York City, she texted an uncle who notified police, St. Lawrence said. New York City police arrested the pimp and called Ramapo, and Taylor was then arrested, he said.

CNN's attempt to contact Taylor's agent was not immediately successful.

Taylor was a 10-time all-pro linebacker for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993 after earning All American honors at the University of North Carolina.

A punishing tackler and pass rusher known by his initials "L.T.," he was on two Super Bowl champion teams and was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame, which noted that he "redefined the way the outside linebacker position was played."

However, Taylor was twice suspended by the NFL for substance abuse and battled a cocaine addiction long after retirement, resulting in several arrests and a downward spiral that he chronicled in a 2003 autobiography.

After kicking drugs, he worked as a sports commentator and appeared as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in 2009. Taylor and his dance partner on the program, Evyta Swilinska, finished seventh in the competition. - CNN's Ross Levitt contributed to this story The-CNN-Wire/Atlanta/+1-404-827-5872

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  1. Texas

    "All you folk throwing stones. Get broom clean up your skeltons falling out of your closet.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Yvette

    Crucify him! Crucify him!... ring a bell? This habit of ours is centuries old. We crucify and nail to the cross before figuring out if they belong on the cross in the first place. Bad habit but we always do this, nothing new.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. paskunia

    LT needs bloated attorney Dominick Barbera, who needs to take on this case, in order to keep himself busy enough so that he'll stop stalking his ex-wife (allegedly).
    I hope it's just a money grab by the little ho. I hate to think of LT going to jail for quail hunting.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. memba

    Some are just angry just because. But at the end of the day, we'll still be here and OBAMA will be President.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. OUSOB

    More importantly, kids DON"T JOIN THE NFL!

    May 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chris

    and here is the statement of the day folks......

    "some are just angry just because. But at the end of the day, we'll still be here and OBAMA will be President".

    What a understatement!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Chris

    and here is the statement of the day folks...... "some are just angry just because. But at the end of the day, we'll still be here and OBAMA will be President".

    What a understatement!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. GEO

    ITS NOT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAQUE ITS THE NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE!!!!!
    THESE OVERPAID DONKEYS ARE PUT ON A PETISTAL WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING AND WHEN THEY ARE DONE PLAYING THEY ARE STILL UP THERE, WAKE UP PEOPLE THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAQUE AS YOU ONCE KNEW IT DIED 50 YEARS AGO THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT AS BECOME!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. michael mccarthy

    I just spoke with LT.... Tells me she didn`t realize she was 16 years old because she had the body of a 9 year old.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. lolakitty

    I SMELL MONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYY

    May 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mack

    JUST LIKE THE CRAZED DOG HE IS.....

    May 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Danyale White

    You know what raises a red flag about this issue. The gir ran away in March, ends up with a pimp but decides to text her uncle after turning a trick that just so happens to involve a famous football player almost two months after she left home. Hmm... let me ponder on this for a minute. Soooo... I'm curious as to why she never sent a text to her uncle when this so called pimp started to pimp her out in the first place. Can't help but to notice what is becoming more and more obvious... the scent of money floating in the air.

    Makes you think...doesn't it?

    May 12, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. mask2697

    Didn't this happen 6 months ago (I remember that made the local news in like may of 09

    October 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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