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Archuleta’s dad busted in prostitution sting

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.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

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.

Sgt. John Salazar of the Midvale, Utah, police department confirmed to Access that on Jan. 14, Archuleta was cited for the alleged misdemeanor during a sting at the Queens of Reiki massage parlor. Police had reports of improper business conduct by the parlor, which they discovered did not have a business license.

During the raid, Salazar told Access that Jeff Archuleta was found in the back room with a woman, who was also charged with prostitution.

The “Idol” dad pled no contest on Jan. 30, and was fined $582.

Eric Bauer, an attorney for Jeff Archuleta, 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.

However, Salazar from the Midvale police department, had a different story for RadarOnline.com. “During the questioning, he said he’d found the place on Craig’s List. He was asked if he’d received any sexual services and he said he had,” Salazar said of Jeff Archuleta.

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.”