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Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to misdemeanors, avoids jail

Lawrence Taylor, Arthur Aidala

Former New York Giants linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor appears at Ramapo Town Court in Suffern, N.Y., Thursday, May 6, 2010. Taylor was arraigned on rape and prostitution charges in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway who police said was brought to his suburban New York hotel room against her will. (AP Photo/Seth Harrison, Pool)


Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and will avoid jail time stemming from rape charges last year.

Taylor admitted to having sex with a prostitute who was a 16-year-old runaway, but he said, “She told me she was 19.” He pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, both misdemeanors.

He will not go to jail but will have to register as a sex offender and serve six years’ probation.

Taylor was arrested in May at a hotel and charged with third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering a child.

The 51-year-old Taylor, who was frequently in trouble with the law during his career with the New York Giants, had previously professed his innocence and turned down a plea deal that would have included jail time.