Lawrence Taylor To Use Masturbation Excuse: TMZ

05/12/2010 02:49 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Lawrence Taylor may claim that he committed a "masturbatory act" while with a 16-year-old prostitute, TMZ reports. According to the web site, Taylor will claim that he pleasured himself, but will deny having sex with the girl he was arrested for raping.

As ProFootballTalk noted last week, Taylor could still be convicted of a Class E felony even if he did not have sexual intercourse with the teenager. If Taylor is found to have engaged in oral sex with the girl, as has been suggested, he could be guilty of "oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person less than seventeen years old."

Taylor was arrested last week and charged with third-degree rape and third-degree patronizing of a prostitute, the latest scandal to befall Taylor's tumultuous adult life. Another man, who allegedly kidnapped the child prostitute, is charged with a federal child sex trafficking crime.

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