'American Idol' David Archuleta's Father busted with hookers
By April MacIntyre Jun 18, 2009, 13:44 GMT
American Idol (AI) Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta. Now, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Archuleta, 47, pleaded no contest in January to patronizing a prostitute and paid a $582 fine after a January 14 bust at the Queens of Reiki massage parlor in Midvale, Utah. EPA/ALANAH TORRALBA
"American Idol" contestant and alleged devout Mormon, David Archuleta's dad was arrested in a massage parlor staffed with prostitutes.
Jeff Archuleta was accused of being a relentless controlling "stage-dad" during last year's "Idol."
Now, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Archuleta, 47, pleaded no contest in January to patronizing a prostitute and paid a $582 fine after a January 14 bust at the Queens of Reiki massage parlor in Midvale, Utah.
Sgt. John Salazar said to the Tribune that the police had been investigating the business for several days after patients at a nearby doctor's office complained that the masseuses at the parlor were arriving at the building in skimpy outfits.
The result was the business was cited for operating without a license and Archuleta was given a citation for solicitation of prostitution. Hew was also caught in the act:
"Two of our detectives went back to that room to stop the activity," Salazar said. "Inside, they found a female masseuse and male client. At that time an interview ensued and the male client admitted to receiving sexual gratification from the masseuse." The client was Archuleta and the unnamed masseuse who allegedly gratified him was also cited.
The Tribune reports that Archuleta plead "no contest" January 30 to the class B misdemeanor of patronizing a prostitute and paid the fine, agreeing to complete a counseling class. The case will be dismissed when he appears in court on June 30 for a review as long as he does not repeat the crime.
Archuleta's lawyer, according to the local paper and news, was there to receive legitimate therapy for his back.