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Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty to Sex with Teen Hooker

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges for having sex with an underage prostitute. Under terms of the deal, he will not serve any prison time but will have to register as a sex offender, and serve six years probation.

Taylor was arrested on May 6 at a hotel in suburban New York City. He was initially charged with statutory rape because it turns out the girl was just 16 years old. That charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.

But on Thursday he pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and sexual misconduct in having sex with a woman without consent. The age of consent in New York is 17, so she was not old enough to give consent.

In court, Taylor admitted having sex with her, but added, "She told me she was 19." However in New York, ignorance of a person's age is not a defense against statutory rape.

The formal sentencing will be on March 22nd, at which time the judge will determine what level of sex offender status Taylor will have,

Taylor's attorney, Arthur Aidala, said the sex-offender status was non-negotiable but made it clear that Taylor wasn't a sexual predator and would not be labeled as such. "He's basically exonerated," Aidala claimed.

Prosecutor Patricia Gunning said the plea deal was acceptable in part because Taylor had assisted in investigations into human trafficking since he was charged. Another prosecutor, Arthur Ferraro, said outside court that Taylor "was of assistance in the field of human trafficking in several jurisdictions and with federal authorities."

Ferraro also said that in December Taylor was offered a plea deal which included six months in jail and ten years probation if he pleaded guilty to a felony. Aidala rejected that deal and held out for a better one.

Taylor led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.