David Archuleta's controversial dad pleads no contest to solicitation
By Reality TV World staff, 06/18/2009
Jeff Archuleta, the controversial alleged "stage dad" father of seventh-season American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, has plead no contest to soliciting a prostitute.
The charge resulted from a January 14 incident in which Archuleta was arrested during a police raid on the Queens of Reiki, a massage parlor in Midvale, UT, Us Weekly reported Thursday.
Archuleta was the only patron in the parlor at the time of the raid, according to police.
"Two of our detectives went back to that room to stop the activity," Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar told media outlets, according to Us. "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."
Archuleta was ordered to pay a $582 fine and attend a class called "Thinking Errors" as part of his January plea, NBC's KSL-TV affiliate in Salt Lake City reported. He's reportedly complied with both conditions and the case is now scheduled for a June 30 review hearing in which the charge, a Class B misdemeanor, will likely be dismissed.
According to Salazar, the police investigated the establishment after a doctor who was subletting medical office space to the parlor noticed scanty-clad masseuses entering the business and contacted them concerned that the operation wasn't the legitimate massage business he'd previously believed it to be.
"After determining that no business license had been issued for whatever was going on in there, I sent in an undercover officer to put eyes on," Salazar told RadarOnline.com. "The next day, five officers, including myself, went in to shut them down."
Upon entering, the officers found Archuleta.
"He was just finishing up in suite number one. I sent two of the officers in and the male was on his stomach on the table with a masseuse in lace underwear," Salazar told RadarOnline.com. "We read him his Miranda rights twice. The second time because he said he didn't understand them the first. During the questioning, he said he'd found the place on [Craigslist]. He was asked if he'd received any sexual services and he said he had."
However Erik Bauer, Archuleta's attorney, told RadarOnline.com a different story, claiming that his client didn't have any sexual contact in the parlor. In addition, Bauer also stated that the incident had been Archuleta's only visit to the business and he had only gone there for a back problem.
The massage parlor never re-opened, according to RadarOnline.com