Lawrence Taylor Arrested: What was Lawrence Taylor accused of?

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Lawrence Taylor is an American former professional football player who spent his entire career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the National Football League.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – CIRCA 1986: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor #56 of the New York Giants in this portrait circa 1986 at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Taylor played for the Giants from 1981-93. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Lawrence Julius Taylor, nicknamed “L.T.”, was born on February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the United States as the eldest of three sons born to Clarence and Iris Taylor.

Lawrence Taylor’s father worked as a dispatcher at the Newport News shipyards, while his mother was a schoolteacher. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1977 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

At the University of North Carolina, Lawrence Taylor served as a team captain. He was drafted by the NFL’s New York Giants in the first round as the 2nd pick overall in the 1981 NFL Draft.

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SUNLAND, CA – JULY 24: Former NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor attends the 2nd annual Hall Of Fame Golf Invitational benefiting The Young Warriors Foundation at Angeles National Golf Club on July 24, 2015 in Sunland, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/WireImage)

Lawrence Taylor made history as one of only two defensive players in the history of the NFL (the other one being Alan Page in 1971 to have ever won the NFL MVP award. He is widely regarded as the best defensive player of his generation, as well as one of the greatest defensive players of all time.

What was Lawrence Taylor accused of?

Lawrence Taylor was accused of sex offender violations. He was arrested in 2010 for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. In 2011, he pleaded guilty in New York to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – DECEMBER 3: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor #56 of the New York Giants in this portrait sitting on his helmet December 3, 1990 before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Taylor played for the Giants from 1981-93. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The misdemeanour charges carried no jail time but required Lawrence Taylor to register as a sex offender which requires informing authorities of new residences.  Court records also showed that he had been sentenced to 12 months of probation.

At the sentencing in April 2011, Lawrence Taylor was given Level 1 sex offender status, which is the lowest of the three levels of sex offenders.

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