Father Of ‘American Idol’s’ David Archuleta Charged In Alleged Prostitute Sting
First Published: June 18, 2009 2:05 PM EDT Credit: Getty Premium
MIDVALE, Utah -- Jeff Archuleta, the father of “American Idol” Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta, was charged with alleged patronization of a prostitute back in January, according to court papers acquired by Access Hollywood.
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Sgt. John Salazar of the Midvale, Utah, police department confirmed to Access that on January 14, 2009, Archuleta was cited for the alleged misdemeanor during a sting at the Queens of Reiki massage parlor. Police had reports of improper business conduct about the parlor, which they discovered did not have a business license.
During the raid, Salazar told Access that Jeff was found in the back room with a woman, who was also charged with prostitution.
The “Idol” dad pled no contest on January 30 and was fined $582.
An attorney for Jeff Archuleta, Eric Bauer, told Utah station KSTU FOX 13 News that the singer’s dad did not have sexual contact with the masseuse. He added that the 47-year-old was a first-timer at the massage parlor, which he went into for a back problem.
When reached by Access, a rep for David Archuleta commented that the star “is busy preparing for his upcoming tour with Demi Lovato. He thanks his fans for their continued support.”
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