The son of former NFL player Lawrence Taylor is being sent to prison after pleading guilty to child molestation and statutory rape. According to the Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Lawrence Taylor Jr. will serve 10 years in prison. Reynolds says, “Taylor acknowledged the state had enough evidence to convict him of the statutory rape of his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, which occurred four or five times between 2012 and 2013.” The child molestation charge, according to the district attorney, stems from unwanted sexual contact Taylor had with another juvenile, a 13-year-old girl, on July 6, 2013. Taylor was 31 years old when he was arrested on July 7, 2013 in Powder Springs.
An Atlanta man, who identifies himself as the father of the 13 (now 15) year old girl says, “I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.” As for his reaction to Taylor being sent to prison, the man says “I feel like it’s a slap on the wrist. He knowingly and willfully did what he did.”
Assistant Cobb County District Attorney Hannah Palmquist said “resolving this case with a guilty plea provides the victims with finality and prevents them from having to relive their experiences on the witness stand.” Palmquist added that “justice was done in this case, not only because the defendant will serve 10 years in prison, but because the victims will not have to be put through the emotional toll of a trial.”
After accepting the plea, Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary E. Staley sentenced Taylor to 30 years, with 10 years to be served in prison followed by 20 years on probation. The plea came on the day Taylor’s trial was scheduled to begin. On Friday, he was returned to custody at the Cobb County Jail after Judge Staley determined he had violated his bond conditions and she revoked his bond.
It was in 2010 that Lawrence Taylor, the Hall of Fame linebacker also known as LT, pleaded guilty to patronizing a prostitute. He was sentenced to six years probation.