Lawrence Taylor Jr. Arrested on Charges of Statutory Rape

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVMarch 20, 2017

Lawrence Taylor Jr., son of former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, was arrested and charged with statutory rape and two other counts of sexual misconduct on Sunday.

Taylor Jr., 31, was arrested in Power Springs, Ga., and is currently being held without bond at Cobb County Adult Detention Center, according to USA Today's Gary Mihoces.

Along with the rape charge, Taylor Jr. has been accused of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy. The charges stem from incidents involving two victims below the age of 18, which date back to May of last year. 

The police have interviewed the two victims, who gave statements on their encounters with Taylor Jr., per Mihoces' report. 

"One juvenile alleged that a sexual assault occurred on (July 6) at Taylor's Power Springs residence. Another juvenile alleged consensual sexual contact with Taylor in early 2012," said the police statement.

According to the arrest warrant, per the New York Daily News' Sasha Goldstein, Taylor Jr. forced himself on the teenager in an incident that occurred Saturday afternoon. Goldstein reports that the victim asked Taylor Jr. to stop multiple times, leading to the sodomy charge.     

The other incident involves a girl below the age of 16 who allegedly had sex with Taylor Jr. "five or six times." The legal age of consent for sexual contact in Georgia is 16. Police are unable to release the names of the victims because they are juveniles. 

In 2010, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested and charged with multiple counts after soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute. Taylor was charged with third-degree rape and third-degree patronization for allegedly paying the victim $300 to engage in sexual intercourse with him. He later pleaded the case down to sexual misconduct and one count of patronizing, two misdemeanor charges, and was given six years of probation and placed in the sex-offender database. 

Taylor Jr.'s charges carry much stiffer penalties than his father's. If convicted of the alleged crimes, Taylor Jr. faces 25 years to life in prison for the sodomy charge, 25 years to life for aggravated child molestation and 10-to-20 years for statutory rape.

Major Matt Boyd, the Power Springs Police Department's public information officer, would not rule out further charges for Taylor Jr, according to ESPN's Jane McManus.

His first hearing on the case was held via video conference on Monday. No bail hearing has been set at this time, though it could happen within the next couple of weeks.

Neither Taylor Jr. nor his representation has released a statement on the matter at this time.