Former New York Giant Linebacker, Lawrence Taylor (L.T.), was arrested in Ramapo, New York after he allegedly raped a fifteen year old girl at a Holiday Inn. Although the allegations are slowly coming out, it appears that Taylor will be charged with Rape in the Third Degree (New York Penal Law section 130.25). Rape in the Third Degree is an “E” felony punishable by up to four years in prison. Beyond the potential sentence, however, is the additional issue of registering as a sex offender.
Based on the alleged facts that are available now, the basis of the rape charge is due to the age of the alleged victim. New York Penal Law 130.25(2) makes it a crime for an individual twenty one years or older to have sexual intercourse with another individual under seventeen.
Again, further allegations will be revealed, but it is interesting to note that there are a few reports in the media that indicate that the young girl was beaten. If in fact this is true, the crime of Rape in the Third Degree may be elevated to a more serious “B” felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Pursuant to New York Penal Law 130.35(1), one is guilty of Rape in the First Degree if that person engages in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion. While this would be the most serious offense, other crimes, including Assault, could also be filed.
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