Former Giants star linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been sentenced to six years of probation for an encounter with a 16-year-old prostitute in 2010. The Hall of Fame LB pleaded guilty in January to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and will be added to a list of sex-offenders.
Prior to the sentence being handed down, attorney for the defense Gloria Allred requested that her client known only by the initials C.F. be allowed to read a statement. The judge declined, saying that defensive statements were only allowed in felony cases. Instead, C.F. read her statement outside of the courthouse following the sentencing.
“Every day I have to look in the mirror and know I am not the same,” C.F. said. “I did what he told me to do because I was afraid [of] what would happen if I didn’t. I think that Mr. Taylor should have to go to jail for what he did to me.”
Lawrence Taylor’s sentence looks kind of light given the story behind the crime. He allegedly met a pimp in New York state in May 2010 who arranged a meeting with C.F., who was 16 at the time. C.F., a runaway, said she was beaten by the pimp and threatened with further punishment unless she did what Mr. Taylor wanted.
Still, Taylor maintained that he wasn’t aware that she was underage. The former linebacker allegedly paid her $300 for the visit, so it’s clear he knew it was prostitution. His defensive attorney, Arthur Aidala, said the plea deal was taken in order to avoid dragging out the case.
“He could have taken a much more aggressive road but he decided it was in the best interest of he and his family and the young woman to put this behind him. Mr Taylor’s not proud of what happened… he patronized a prostitute and that prostitute happened to be under the age of 17.”
Personally, I think the former Giants star was lucky to get away with just probation. What do you think of the sentencing of Lawrence Taylor? Too light? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!