Former pro football star Lawrence
Taylor, who pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing an
underage prostitute, was declared a low-risk sex offender on Tuesday.
Prosecutors argued for a level 2
designation. Instead, the judge chose the lower Level 1, which means a photo of
the former New York Giants linebacker will not be posted on the online
Rockland County Court Judge William
Kelly said Taylor’s
crime was already well-known.
“The difference between Level
1 and 2 is almost minuscule because of the notification that has already gone
out to the world,” said Kelly, who added that Taylor “would be awfully foolish to go
out and do this again.”
The NFL Hall of Fame member did not
attend the hearing.
The girl was 16 — under the age of
consent — when she met Taylor.
He said she claimed she was 19.
Last month, the teenager made a
surprise appearance at Taylor’s
sentencing, eager to declare that he should be behind bars, but she was denied
the chance to speak in court.
Speaking outside court, she denied
she was a prostitute, and she said Taylor
should have been able to tell she had been beaten and that she was underage.
sentenced to six years’ probation, as agreed when he pleaded guilty in January.