Lawrence Taylor Sex Case Made a Mockery of Teen Consent Laws

Jeanne Sager

Lawrence TaylorSo much for the age of consent laws. The misdemeanor charges levied on one-time football great Lawrence Taylor proved something this week. If you're famous and have sex with an underage teen you'll essentially just get a slap on the wrist.

The lady with the scales took a peek out from behind the blindfold and saw NFL Hall of Fame written on the defendant's dossier. Taylor's sentencing this week to a whopping six years PROBATION and a $2,000 fine for having sex with a 16-year-old girl and paying her $300 for the crime should have parents spinning today. Because the courts just made a mockery of the legal "ages" of consent in all states.

Taylor claims she said she was 19. The girl, on the other hand, claims that she was forced into the room (with a punch to the face) and that there's no way Taylor didn't know she was just a kid.

Did the he said/she said portion of this make your head spin? The guilty plea -- for sexual misconduct with an underage girl -- reflects that the court gives her story some merit. But the sentence ignores the indisputable facts of the case. 

The girl was 16 at the time of the sexual acts (she's since turned 17). In New York, where the incident happened, that's beneath the age of consent. It doesn't matter what a teenager says -- or really what a guy trying to get himself out of trouble "says she said." The facts are clear. Underage girl plus 52-year-old man equals illegal sex. And illegal sex equals rape.

Which should equal prison time. In a just world. In a world where the "age of consent" means something. Because forgive me if I'm wrong, but the reason for the law even addressing a particular age is that kids under said age can't give consent ... period. Even if they lie about their age. Even if they say "ooh, I want it." Even if they take money.

The idea of a consent law is that kids can't make their own decisions about sex until their minds mature. Once they reach that age, they can be trusted to act with more than just their hormones. Age of consent laws are supposed to protect our kids from being taken advantage of. They're supposed to protect our kids from themselves.

But six years probation for a guy who admitted to having sex with a minor doesn't protect our kids from anyone. It protects the person who rapes them.

Do you think LT was treated justly and fairly? How about his victim?


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