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. Johnny G

    as everyone else has said – this is not surprising – once a thug always a thug

    May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen

    typing too fast while im at work.... what i meant was ( The chick must of looked liked a quarteback. Good Sack LT!)

    May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dixie Normous

    He-s black, so he's guilty. Save the tax payers and just give him deatrh

    May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny G

    to Stephen, to bad it wasn't your sister

    May 6, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stephen

    @Johnny G so can you justify what UVA dude did? Since you making it seem like only thugs do crime.... his is way worst

    May 6, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dick Nixon

    Will Obama bail him out too? Doesn't need a stimulus package!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Maybe he won't be able to "dance" his way out of this one. It's about time people finally realize what a dirt bag he was and still is.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris L.

    Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jessica

    and of course, no mention of his drug habbit. anyone convinced he's kicked the coke to the curb? it fueld his on-field attacks...im suspecting its fueling the off-field ones too.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Another Dave

    Unfortunatley this isn't black and white as everyone is making it out to be. It's about the sports in this country. You have an exceptionally gifted individual that can play guard in the NBA or the WNBA, tightend in the NFL or whatever. You offer them more money than they have ever had in their lives and you've made a monster. Fortunately not all of the NFL players fall into that hole but so many of them do that the conception is simply that if you played football you're gonna wind up in some kind of trouble in your waning years. This is how people can say "He looks guilty". They normally are. Leave us not forget OJ Simpson.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Stephen

    Johnny G is the 6th born from Octomom... nuff said

    May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. west

    they said he as arrested as part of investigation they didn't say he did it.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. IHustle

    "Which brings me to my next point... don't smoke crack!"

    May 6, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ron

    The poor guy is found guilty and hasn't even been to court. Are these the same
    morons that sit on our juries ?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. JT

    We know Ben did it.........hahahahahah

    May 6, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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