BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The former chief executive officer of Sunflower Farmers Market has pleaded not guilty in Arizona to charges he knowingly engaged in prostitution with a minor.
The Daily Camera reports Michael C. Gilliland entered his plea Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
The 52-year-old, who has homes in Colorado and Arizona, was arrested Feb. 10. An indictment alleges he solicited sex online from an undercover Phoenix police officer whom he believed was a 17-year-old girl.
Two days after his arrest, Gilliland resigned from the chief executive and chairman posts of Sunflower. He previously started Boulder-based Wild Oats Markets Inc., which was later acquired by Whole Foods Market Inc.