From Hall of Fame to Hall of Shame – Lawrence Taylor to Register as a Level 1 Sex Offender.

On April 12, 1981, Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was drafted with the second pick by the New York Football Giants.  On April 12, 2011, Lawrence Taylor was given a Level 1 sex offender status by a Rockland County Judge.

Taylor’s status as a Level 1 sex offender is a result of a guilty plea to sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute in the third degree.  His guilty plea stems from an arrest after a 16-year-old girl said she had been beaten and forced to go to Taylor’s hotel room where they had sex.  Taylor avoided jail time but was sentenced to six years of probation, with part of his probation being registering as a sex offender.  As a Level 1 offender, his picture will not appear on the online database and his name will not appear on an online sex offender registry.

There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 offenders are characterized as being a low risk to the public, Level 2 are medium risk and Level 3 are high risk.  Level 2 and 3 names are made available to the public and authorities can alert “vulnerable populations” that an offender is living in their neighborhood.  Additionally, Level 1 offenders must register for 20 years, while Levels 2 and 3 must register for life.

According to Taylor, being a Level 1 offender makes a huge difference when it comes to sponsorship opportunities in the future.

Taylor will be a “Headline Guest” at charity golf tournament on June 20, 2011.  You guessed it; proceeds from the event will be used to benefit disabled children.

Wow, what a difference thirty years makes.

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