LA TV anchor to avoid theft charge if she completes program

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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 5:30 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors say a TV anchor arrested on suspicion of stealing a pair of headphones at Los Angeles International Airport will not face criminal charges if she completes a diversion program.

The city attorney's office said Friday Lu Parker agreed to participate in the program, which is offered to people without a criminal record.

The KTLA-TV anchor, whose full name is Frances Louise Parker, was arrested last month in connection with the theft. Authorities say the headphones' owner was an off-duty Los Angeles police detective.

KTLA had said it was a misunderstanding.

Prosecutors say details about Parker's participation in the program are confidential.

Parker is the 1994 winner of the Miss USA pageant and a one-time girlfriend of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.