Lawrence Taylor Indicted On Sex Abuse Charges

The ASSOCIATED PRESS and ESPN report Wednesday:

Lawrence Taylor leaves court after being charged for rape

Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse.

The indictment Wednesday comes after his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn. Prosecutors say he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him.

The former New York Giant was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for tomorrow in the case, which will now be canceled. Taylor will next be required to enter a plea, though the Rockland County District Attorney’s office is reportedly, “having trouble getting in touch with Taylor’s attorney.

Taylor’s lead attorney Arthur Aidala is involved in another case currently on trial.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said as part of the indictment that the 16-year-old alleged victim told investigators that she had been verbally threatened and physically assaulted.

Taylor has previously denied the charges but ESPN’s Roger Cossack reports that his attorney has indicated the former New York Giant would be willing to plead guilty to lesser charges if it meant avoiding jail time.