NFL legend Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to six years probation today in his sexual misconduct case, avoiding jail time as part of a plea bargain.
Taylor, who appeared with his wife Lynette, admitted to having sex with an underage girl (she was 16) who had been prostituted to him last year.
LT now must register as a sex offender. A New York court will hold a hearing April 12 to determine what sex offender registry level to assign him.
A stoic Lawrence Taylor faces the music today.
The victim, whose name has not been released, appeared in court and hoped to make a statement along with her famed attorney, Gloria Allred.
The judge did not allow a victim statement, however, because he said they are not permitted for misdemeanor convictions, which this one was.
Taylor was arrested last May and maintained that the girl, who was a runaway, told him she was 19. He admitted to paying her $300 for sex.Legally, it doesn't matter how old he thought she was. Statutory rape is what it implies. But Taylor was still given a fairly lenient sentence.
Prosecutors said LT was helpful providing information "in the field of human trafficking in several jurisdictions and with federal authorities."
Sad as it is that Lawrence Taylor could be helpful in that department, helping prevent future cases like this is a silver lining if nothing else.