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Lawrence Taylor Officially Charged with Rape

6/23/2010 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on rape charges for the incident involving a 16-year old prostitute he allegedly hired.


In addition to rape, a grand jury also indicted the NFL Hall of Famer on the following charges: criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and patronizing a prostitute.

Taylor was arrested in May at a Holiday Inn outside NYC.  Prosecutors say he paid the girl $300 to have sex.  Taylor denies having sex with her -- in fact sources connected to Taylor tell TMZ part of his defense will be that he masturbated.

LT's agent Mark Lepselter says their legal team "made a strategic decision to not put any of our evidence in front of the grand jury. We look forward to presenting our evidence at the appropriate time."

0623_taylor_lawyer_videoLT's lawyer says that they knew the indictment
was coming -- and they're confident they will
succeed in proving LT's innocence.

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