Taylor pleads guilty to sexual misconduct, expected to avoid jail
Lawrence Taylor (center) walks outside a courthouse in Rockland County, New York, on Thursday.
January 13th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Taylor pleads guilty to sexual misconduct, expected to avoid jail

Former NFL star and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, initially charged last year with raping a 16-year-old girl, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a deal in which he'll avoid jail time, according to the district attorney's office in Rockland County, New York.

Taylor pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute. He is expected to be sentenced March 22 to six years probation - with sex offender conditions - and ordered to pay a fine of $2,000, according to the district attorney's office.

Taylor was arrested in a Ramapo, New York, Holiday Inn room on May 6, accused of having sex with a 16-year-old Bronx runaway a few hours earlier in exchange for $300.

Taylor initially was indicted on charges of  rape in the third degree, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

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. He played on two Super Bowl champion teams.

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  1. Disappointed

    This is a disgrace. If any other man, who wasn't famous, black or white did this they would have been sent to jail to serve time.
    Let him off with a slap on the wrist will cause him to only commit the same crime again.

    January 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    I wonder if HE made it onto Interpol's most wanted list before he was even charged with a crime. I also wonder if Julian Assange has any hope of avoiding jail time like Taylor did.

    January 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. teddyg

    that fat cop sure looks like he's livin large walking next to LT

    January 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. teresa

    I think it is sad that a grown man says that seeing this young girl regardless of her actual age...but just the fact that she was beaten a crying ..didnt give him cause for pause...and now wants to call it a error in judgment ....i ask myself how would he feel if this had happened to a female in his family? I say they should have thrown the book at him.....

    January 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shocked

      I agree with you, and for those who feel we should pick him up when he falls and we should pray for him, Are you kidding me??? (Reverend) He was a respected man but when he put himself in this position he lost the respect he earned and does not deserve Prayers from fans. The victim deserves our prayers. You should be ashamed to even post that we need to pick him up when he is down. He did this to himself and he doesn't deserve the fans support. He does deserve to do time and the only person i will pray for is the victim and small minded people like you.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    LT gets off with a slap on the wrist, while a kid smoking weed would be put away for life. Great priorities we have in our laws.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MayanKing

    Everyone please ignore the anonymous white person know as "black power!" Worry not, for we will sacrifice him to the fireball in the sky.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. THE SYSTEM BLOWS ........ FAIR MY AZZ ...

    OUR SYSTEM IS A CRYING SHAME A TRUE JOKE DUDE IS BUSTED WITH OUT REASONABLE DOUBT AND THIS IS WHAT HE GETS?????? WOW OUR LEGAL SYSTEM = A JOKE IS WHAT IT IS BUT IF YOU WERE POOR U WOULD BE HUNG BY YOUR NUTS ....... AND THEY WONDER WHY PEOPLE ARE KNOCKING OFF THESE STUD AZZ JUDGES....

    January 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anchorage, Ak and it's freaking cold up here, brrrrrr

    So I wonder if the girl will file a civil suit following the $2,000.00 fine and make some more money off this dumb ssa ?

    January 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Hopefully – someone getting 'into' his wallet is probably all that will make any impact on him.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WLC

    LT has made alot of mistakes and this is his dumbest move yet. He should have gone to the strip club or hit Vegas like all the others. He has to know better but because he didn't get jail time now he feels like he has gotten away with it. He should be in jail because that was someone little girl. He has no respect for himself or others.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BEAUTIFUL BLACK

      Yes that is someone's little girl. But if they cared enough they would have known where their daughter was and she probably wouldnt be selling her body anyway. I think the law should hold these young people responsible in some kind of way to show them that they can and should want to live a better life.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jody

    who really cares what he did..what about the girl? did she not get into trouble? i tell ya,ppl get away with alot of crap.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BEAUTIFUL BLACK

    Only in America does this kind of thing happen. I dont care of he was black, white, hispanic, asian, or anything else, he should be serving time. Its not right for the "rich" to be able to pay their way out of jail while "normal people" face hard time for the same or less crimes. On the other side, Im sure the girl was black cause had she been white, he wouldn't have been able to pay his way out of that one..... im just saying. But regardless, he deserves to serve time in jail.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. brooklyn

    I wonder if that poor 16 year olds parents have the balls to do what they need to do to LT

    January 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Furious Styles

    HA! Lawrence Taylor is SMALL fish. So is the guy who pimped her out going to jail?
    Why is Roman Polanski still free. Didn't he drug a minor to tap it, was given a court date, then fled to another country, only to live it up and still produce features films for decades...lol

    January 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brooklyn

    Just saying....what would you do

    January 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. waldo

    Brooklyn do you have a boyfriend and do like or hate lt

    January 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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