North Carolina-based grocery exec arrested on sex charge
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say an executive for a grocery store chain has been accused of trying to arrange for sex with an underage girl.
Hendersonville police say 54-year-old Paul Robert LaCroix was taken into custody without incident on Wednesday. Investigators say the girl was actually an undercover police officer.
LaCroix, who had been Food Lion’s vice president of pricing, is charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. Food Lion’s corporate office in Salisbury confirmed that LaCroix has resigned.
The Times-News of Hendersonville reports the arrest was the result of the police department’s participation in the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
LaCroix is being held in the Henderson County jail in lieu of a $100,000 secured bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.