Lawrence Taylor Gets 6-Year Probation
Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to 6 years probation on Tuesday for misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.
The former New York Giants star’s sentencing came after he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges in January as part of a plea bargain. The 52-year-old two-time Super Bowl champ was originally charged with felony third-degree statutory rape for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute. Taylor was also charged with third-degree patronization when he paid the 16-year-old prostitute $300.
The girl was supposed to speak before Taylor’s sentence was read, but the judge denied the motion, saying that victims are allowed to speak only at felony sentencing. The girl’s attorney, celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, said that her client was prepared to deliver a victim-impact statement.
Aside from the six-year probation, Taylor will also have to register as a sex offender. However, the judge has yet to determine the level of the football star’s sex-offender registration. Taylor will be back in court on April 12 to determine the level of his registration.