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. ZEllE Bo BiTCkH !!

    She deserved it

    May 6, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gerald

    I likie LT he was also a great toughman fighter.I don't believe this crap for a second some hoe wants some money!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. The other 15

    He should have just went 85%

    May 6, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zip

    Maybe you don't know the facts ,but 620 thousand soldiers died for a cause during the Civil War.Do you remember what that cause was ?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank Swyder

    It all goes to show you that you can take the $$%%% out of the jungle, but you cant take the jungle out of the $$##@@.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. James

    Since he's black, skip the trial and just lock him up for 40 years. We got the hang of it already.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Theismann

    ...cocaine's a hell of a drug

    May 6, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Larry

    Latest word is that the victim was a 15 year old. This is real bad.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason S

    See what happens when you smoke crack!!! haha

    May 6, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. nate lindsey

    I really feel sorry for LT. I hope this is not true. If it is he needs to be punished. No one person perfect, but a 51 Year old should have better judgement. Again hope its not true

    May 6, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. vette78man

    HIs defense: frontal lobe injury from years of playing football.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sheila

    A better question is why are they reporting on this before any charges have been filed. The media sure does love ruining the reputations of innocent people these days...

    May 6, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yeahimright

    (Stop,Dont)Stop,Dont,Stop,(Don't,Stop), Obviously he just got confused. You can tell just by looking at him.He played football. Not like he actually needed any real level of intelligence.Brains verses Brawn. You know sometimetime brawn wins. Not only that, but if you were as attractive as this guy you would probably have to get it by force to.Even a h$$ker would probably turn it down. Funny stuff here and there in this thread though. Not sure why they keep rejecting me.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. JOE

    r @ p e? i just thought this was their breeding season.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. gce65

    He has a long history of alcohol and drug use, was suspended multiple times during his playing years, and was arrested multiple times after he retired for trying to buy crack. This is part of a long downward pattern for LT.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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