Taylor Rape Charge: Minimum 3 Years If Convicted

Lawrence Taylor was arrested overnight at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, NY., today and charged with the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Lawrence Taylor Rape Charge Class E Felony

Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told LoHud.com, “the victim apparently was a runaway from the Bronx who was brought by a pimp to the Holiday Inn where Taylor was staying.”

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The girl got beaten up at the hotel, authorities said, and later needed treatment at a hospital.

“She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved,” St. Lawrence said. “She got punched in the face. We’re not sure who did it.”

The police got involved after the girl texted her uncle as the pimp drove her down to the Bronx, St. Lawrence said. The uncle called the New York City Police Department and officers met the pimp’s car in the city, St. Lawrence said.

The police took statements from the girl, arrested the pimp and called the Ramapo Police Department, who sent officers to the hotel to investigate.

The third degree rape charge against Taylor is Class E Felony. If convicted of the violent crime charge, he could face a minimum of three years in prison and a max of four years.

Excerpt from the New York penal code:

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.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS has more details on the alleged victim:

The teenager ran away from home several days earlier after getting into an argument with a parent and wound up bunking with a pal for several nights, the police source said.

It was not clear how she wound up in the clutches of the pimp, but on Wednesday she found herself being driven to Rockland County for a romp with the legendary linebacker, the source said.

A press conference is scheduled for later today to report more details of the case.