NFL Hall of Famer arrested on alleged sex offender violations

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Former NFL superstar and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Lawrence Taylor was arrested this week in Broward County, Fla., for failing to register as a sex offender, court records showed.

The 62-year-old Taylor allegedly failed to inform authorities that he had changed addresses, which he is required to do under sex offender statutes.

Taylor was released after spending several hours in police custody after being charged with a pair of felonies for failing to register, Broward County court records note, adding that he was released on a cash bond, Fox News reported.

In a statement to the network, Arthur Aidala, Taylor’s lawyer, said the former NFL great complied with “all of the rules and regulations regarding his legal status for the past decade.”

“Sadly, he is in the middle of a divorce and his local police department suggested it would be best if he slept at a nearby hotel,” Aidala continued. “Mr. Taylor was constantly a resident of the marital home where he was registered, but on advice of local law enforcement he was sleeping outside the home. We are confident that this will be resolved favorably for Lawrence at the first court hearing.”

In 2011 Taylor, a stand-out Pro Bowl linebacker for the New York Giants, pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute and sexual misconduct. A court sentenced him to six years of probation.

At the time, the girl was 16 years old but Taylor argued he thought she was 19.

“This was a working girl who came into my room. She told me she was 19. It is what it is,” Taylor told Fox News in a previous interview. “I don’t card them. I don’t ask them for a birth certificate.”

“I didn’t pick her up on no playground,” Taylor told then-Fox News host Shepard Smith.

“I made a phone call to a friend and he made a phone call,” Taylor added. “It’s the world of prostitution. You never know what you’re going to get.”

“The teen denied she is a prostitute and said another man forced her to go to Taylor’s hotel room in May 2010,” Fox News reported. “She believes Taylor could tell that she had been beaten and that she was underage. She said Taylor took ‘something precious’ from her and should be behind bars.”

The girl’s attorney, high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, said that the teen wanted to read a victim impact statement to the court, but the trial judge refused to grant permission, stating that they only applied to felony cases and Taylor had pleaded to misdemeanor charges.

Taylor helped lead the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories, in 1987 and 1991. During his career, he was also arrested several times off the field for various drug offenses.

Jon Dougherty


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