Former Giants great Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday in Rockland County in connection with the reported rape of a 15-year-old girl, sources said.
Taylor allegedly beat and sexually assaulted the girl and has been charged with third-degree rape, the Journal News was reporting.
He will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
The alleged assault happened at a hotel in Montebello, N.Y., earlier Thursday.
Taylor was jailed a short time later, the Ramapo Police Department said in a brief statement.
Details were scarce, but the town's police chief said more information would be provided at a 3 p.m. press conference.
Taylor, 51, played for the Giants from 1981 to 1993 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
He also competed last year in ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
He's accused of raping and assaulting a 15-year-old. This isn't the first time he's had a run in with the law, having been arrested several times for coke possession, but this criminality is a whole new level of violence and whereas he had previously done damage only to himself, he's now standing accused of raping a young girl. If true, prosecutors should be throwing the book at him.
Third degree rape is defined as follows:
§ 130.25 Rape in the third degree.A class E felony means that he's facing a prison term of up to four years.
A person is guilty of rape in the third degree when:
1. He or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is
incapable of consent by reason of some factor other than being less than
seventeen years old;
2. Being twenty-one years old or more, he or she engages in sexual
intercourse with another person less than seventeen years old; or
3. He or she engages in sexual intercourse with another person without
such person's consent where such lack of consent is by reason of some
factor other than incapacity to consent.
Rape in the third degree is a class E felony.
Here's a list of Taylor's legal woes, which includes assaults, tax evasion, and drug possession. While he has been arrested several times, he's avoided jail time thus far (taking community service and/or paying fines). That's about to change.