When he goes before Judge J. Elizabeth Cremens for sentencing, LaCroix faces a possible maximum sentence of 2½ years in jail on each count. But defense attorney Thomas Dreschler said he will ask for probation and expects the district attorney’s office will go along with the request. The district attorney’s office said they could not speculate on sentencing.
LaCroix, who is 50 years old, has worked for the Waltham Police Department for 26 years, receiving the appointment to chief in 2007. His pension would generally depend on his age, length of service, and salary, but the criminal case could add another element.
Neither McCarthy nor Waltham Retirement Board administrator Joseph Juppé would comment on whether the city would seek to take away or reduce LaCroix’s pension. Juppe said he could not answer any questions about general pension policies or procedures.
Boston-based attorney Walter Foster, who specializes in public pension law, said city officials could make a “strong argument” that LaCroix should forfeit some or all of his pension.
Foster said the state allows a pension to be taken away if a person has been convicted of a crime related to his or her office.
“I know there are similar cases where arguments have been made for forfeiture because police officers are sworn to uphold the law, and people say, ‘Here you are, breaking it,’ ” Foster said.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at email@example.com.