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. Pork Belly

    Now lookie here ............ da man ain't no guilty, heah?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    racism pure and simple

    that is why black men like OJ and Kobe had to pay for their crimes against white women

    May 6, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Why am I sensing a lot of "glee" from some of you folks out there? Maybe he did it, maybe he didn't, but don't you think a jury should determine his guilt or innocence after hearing the FACTS before you condemn him? It seems like some of you just sit around waiting for atheletes to get arrested as a means of finding joy in your own lives. Take night classes or something. Do something with yourselves,.....PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. cevans, texas

    "LET THE ONE WITHOUT SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE!"

    BUNCH OF HYPOCITES!!! Some of you are just down right heartless to say the least!

    GOD HELP YOU!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. dave

    ANYONE WHO THINKS RACISM IS INVOLVED

    REMEMBER kOBE BRYANT - HOW MUCH TIME DID HE GET 0

    oj SIMPSON 2 MURDERS NO JAIL

    May 6, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Margie

    Dave – It's not about black or white yet you drag up OJ? What about all the crimes that have been committed by whites who walk away, especially if the crime is committed against a minority?

    The simple truth is that white people will never change. As for you, Dave, I prefer a bold racist to a closet racist any day. At least I can see the bold racist coming. You are very much in the closet, probably in more ways than one.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. lanie

    I've met "Mr. Taylor." this is not a surprise at all. He is a surly, unhappy, miserable human being.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    its amazing how you zombies assume he's guilty with all the false rap allegations being so common these days

    Posted by: Jay

    It amazes me that you assume he's innocent just because he's an athlete. Were you on the OJ Jury?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle Speller

    I feel he is inocent,before heis proven guilty. Don't jump the gun unt'll you ave all the facts of both parties, and a thorough investigatoin. I pray to god LT did not do this,because in the long run it's not worth going to prison for. Stay srong brother......

    May 6, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    No way he did it – we have faith in you LT!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    What is it with these sports stars? Do they think they are invincible, unconvictable?
    First Tiger, now LT (I guess coke possession wasn't enough).

    I hope that the charges aren't true. I really loved to watch these guys play their respective sports. LT is not OJ. He >>appears<< to be such a gentleman, with a good heart.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. mrssarge

    LT, OJ and Ben are all innocent – they are all professional athletes! No way they could commit any crime!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bobby Sox, Slidell

    Coke and Viagra make me that way too.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. OJ

    No charges have been filed so how can you say that he did it? Let the system do what it is suppose to do and investigate, file charges, convict if possible. You people posting all this crap about drugs,thugs,and the NFL are so bold when you can hide behind the cloak of the internet. Wonder how many of you bashers would say what you typed to his face? NONE! Internet Cowards

    May 6, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Shelle

    In this picture he looks higer than hell....or, coming off a bender, one of the two.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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