Lawrence Taylor has had a long history of drug use and trouble in his life but, this latest charge takes the cake. LT was caught in a HOLIDAY INN with a fifteen year old girl. The cops also found alcohol in the room—oh, by the way did I say he was in a HOLIDAY INN? Many of us remember this great football player and Super Bowl champ. It’s obvious that LT has demons he just can not break free from. LT is charged with third-degree rape which is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.
The state statue reads:
130.25 Rape in the third degree.
A person is guilty of rape in the third degree when:
1. He or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than seventeen years old;
2. Being twenty-one years old or more, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person less than seventeen years old; or
3. He or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some factor other than incapacity to consent.
Rape in the third degree is a class E felony.
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This is a statutory rape charge which means he doesn’t have a defense if he had sex with the minor child. Looking at his past criminal history, LT if found guilty will do at least three years. Here is his rap sheet:
Feb. 14, 1986: Enters six-week drug-rehab program in Houston, stays one week.
March 20, 1986: Admits in public statement that he has received help for substance abuse.
Aug. 29, 1988: Given 30-day four-game suspension for second violation of NFL’s drug-abuse policy for cocaine use.
March 1989: Fails breath test when police find him asleep behind the wheel of his Jeep beside the Garden State Parkway in N.J.
May 10, 1989: Acquitted in Saddlebrook, N.J., of drunken driving charges.
Sept. 20, 1995: Tries to choke a reporter after a Giants practice.
April 16, 1996: Driver’s license suspended for outstanding parking tickets in Newark, N.J.
May 3, 1996: One of 15 arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for allegedly trying to buy $100 worth of crack from undercover police while in town for a celebrity golf tourney. Charges dropped when LT agrees to 60 hours of public service.
June 4, 1997: Pleaded guilty to filing false 1990 income-tax return and failing to report $48,000 income from the now-defunct LT Sports Club in East Rutherford, N.J.
May 13, 1998: Arrested in his New Jersey home in a roundup of deadbeat parents. Released after about 10 hours in jail when a friend pays $6,000 in child support and for an outstanding traffic violation.
Oct. 19, 1998: Arrested again, this time in Florida, for allegedly buying $50 in crack from an undercover cop and for possessing drug paraphernalia.
Nov. 2009: Arrested in Miami for leaving the scene of an accident.
May 6, 2010: Arrested and accused of raping a teenage girl at a hotel in Suffern, N.Y.
LT has already lost endorsements: Nutrisystem dropped him and others are soon to follow. Also, LT will now have to register as a sex offender. So I have to ask why someone with so much to lose even put himself in this position. Only LT and God know but now he has the whole world watching to see if he gets sacked.