Lawrence Taylor arrested for rape of 15-year-old girl in New York

Former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor was arrested early this morning after the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl at the Holiday Inn Holidome Hotel in Suffern, NY.

Details are scant at the moment, but Taylor, 51, is confirmed to have been apprehended by Town of Ramapo police and charges will be filed following a police investigation. A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon, where police say they will reveal more details about the incident.

Taylor played with the Giants for the entire 13 years of his career, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Taylor also starred in the film Any Given Sunday. In recent years, the former defensive player has had some high-profile legal and personal problems:

His personal life has been marred by trouble before. He’s admitted to using cocaine during his NFL career, and was suspended several times by the league for failing drug tests.

In 2001, Taylor was convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia in New Jersey. The conviction stemmed from the September 1998 discovery in a hotel room of a butane torch and other materials commonly used to smoke crack.

In 1996 and 1997, he was arrested in South Carolina and Florida on drug charges. In those cases, he either admitted his guilt or agreed to enter a pretrial intervention program.

Taylor also had legal issues in 2000, and was given probation for tax related charges. He was arrested this past November in Florida for leaving the scene of an accident near Miami.

[CBS]