Ex-NFL player accused of soliciting prostitute in Houston

Gregory LaFleur, 52, is charged with soliciting a prostitute

April 6, 2011 2:36:56 PM PDT
Houston police made a big name arrest in a prostitution sting during the Final Four.

Being hauled into jail was probably the last thing Greg Lafleur expected when he came to Houston for the NCAA basketball games this past weekend. The Southern University athletic director and former NFL player is charged with soliciting a prostitute.

LaFleur is due back here in criminal court on April 19. He's been Southern University's athletic director for six years. This afternoon it's unclear what impact if any this will have on his career.

Late Monday night, LaFleur stood before a judge in a Houston criminal courtroom. The 52-year-old university athletic director and former NFL player was busted in a prostitution sting during the city's Final Four weekend.

LaFleur is a former LSU star tight end who eventually turned pro and played ball for three professional teams. Police arrested him Sunday night on Main Street. He allegedly offered $50 in exchange for sex to a female cop posing as a prostitute.

LaFleur was arrested just one block away from Houston police headquarters in downtown Houston.

With the Final Four in town, the weekend was busier than usual for Houston police. LaFleur was among the 65 prostitution-related arrests this past weekend. HPD's vice squad had two extra shifts of officers. The agency had been conducting a joint operation with the FBI on human trafficking which explains the bump in the number of arrests.

LaFleur told the judge he plans on hiring a lawyer. He is free on a $500 bond and will be back in Houston criminal court later this month.

"He'll be treated fairly just the same way any other defendant in Harris County would be," prosecutor Pam Paaso.

LaFleur lives in the Baton Rouge area. We were unable to reach him for comment. We are awaiting a response from Southern University. The school reportedly said it will investigate this matter to determine what actions are necessary.

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