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NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape of 16-year old girl

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been arraigned on rape and prostitution charges in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway who police said was brought to his New York hotel room against her will.

A Rockland County judge set bail at $75,000.

The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested early
Thursday at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, N.Y.

He was charged with third-degree rape and third-degree patronizing a prostitute.

Authorities said the victim was 16, one year below the legal age
of consent in New York.

Ramapo Chief of Police Peter Brower says Taylor paid the girl
$300.

He wouldn't comment on whether Taylor knew how young she was,
but he said, "Ignorance is not an excuse to an individual's age."

Taylor's lawyer, Arthur Aidala, said the player denies the charges.

A 36-year-old parolee is charged with unlawful imprisonment,
assault and endangering the welfare of a child in the incident.

He is accused of bringing the girl to Taylor's hotel room.

Police say Taylor lives in Pembroke Pines, Fla.


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