Taylor pleads not guilty

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NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has pleaded not guilty to rape charges that were brought against him this past May.

He pleaded not guilty at a Rockland County courthouse on Tuesday as he was arraigned on felony charges of third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act, two misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree patronizing a prostitute.

Taylor, 51, was arrested in May by police investigating a reported rape at a Holiday Inn in Montebello, New York. He is alleged to have paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl.

In a federal case against the girl's supposed pimp, court papers state that Taylor admitted to sex acts with the girl, but was informed she was 19.

If found guilty, Taylor could face up to four years in prison.

Taylor played 13 seasons with the New York Giants from 1981-93 and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams. He was the NFL's MVP in 1986 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.


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