Food Lion executive from North Carolina accused of trying to meet underage girl for sex

Paul Robert LaCroix

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — An executive at Food Lion’s corporate office was arrested on Wednesday in a sting and charged with a sex offense, WSOC reports.

Detectives from the Hendersonville Police Department took Paul Robert Lacroix, 54, into custody following the investigation.

Lacroix, from Concord, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense.

Investigators said LaCroix, a vice president with Food Lion, was communicating with who he thought was an underage girl online and attempted to meet her for sex, but the girl was a law enforcement officer, police said.

Officers are continuing their investigation after they took LaCroix’s computers and cellphone.

A spokesperson for Food Lion confirmed that LaCroix was a vice president of the company and has been suspended immediately.

“Food Lion was recently made aware of the situation involving Paul LaCroix today. He was suspended immediately from the organization, pending further investigation,” Food Lion said in a statement.

He is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.