Ex-Giant Taylor declared low-risk sex offender by judge – NFL.com

NEW CITY, N.Y. — Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute, was declared a low-risk sex offender Tuesday, meaning there will be no photo of the Hall of Fame linebacker on public online sex-offender registries.

Rockland County Court Judge William Kelly said Taylor wasn’t targeting children and was unlikely to commit the same crime.

“He would be awfully foolish to go out and do this again,” the judge said. As to a posted photo, he said, “I don’t see how that’s going to make the public any safer.”

Taylor has said the girl told him she was 19. The former New York Giants standout, who lives in Florida, didn’t attend the hearing.

Kelly designated Taylor a Level 1, or low-risk, sex offender. Rockland County prosecutor Patricia Gunning had argued for a Level 2 label. Using established guidelines, she said Taylor scored 80 points on a scale that says a sex offender has to be below 75 to receive a Level 1 designation.

Twenty of the points were based on the girl’s age. But defense attorney Arthur Aidala said Taylor “wasn’t targeting a young child. He was trying to get some female companionship for that night.”

via Ex-Giant Taylor declared low-risk sex offender by judge | NFL.com.

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    • michellefrommadison
    • April 12th, 2011

    Good for Lawrence Taylor. I think the judge gave him the lenient sentence as a lesson to be learned by the media not to over dramatize court cases like they continue to do. L.T. wins. Maybe the media-heads should talk about their own misconduct instead of looking for a story in the Taylor case. Maybe the tragic death of a victim by a crime committed by Nancy Grace of CNN may hold more people’s attention, especially how Nancy denied she had anything to do with the death she caused, then she paid off the family a couple hundred thousand dollars. L.T. just paid for a prostitute, he didn’t help to end anyone’s life.

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