David Archuleta's dad pleads no contest in prostitution sting

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The father of Utah singing hero and "American Idol" star David Archuleta pleaded no contest in January to patronizing a prostitute.

Midvale police cited 47-year-old James J. Archuleta on Jan. 14 at a massage parlor called Queens Reiki, 7350 S. State Street, said Sgt. John Salazar.

Police had been investigating the business for several days after patients at a nearby doctor's office complained, Salazar said.

The business was cited for operating without a license and Archuleta was given a citation for solicitation of prostitution "because he was sexually gratified by one of the masseuse girls," Salazar said. The masseuse was also cited.

Midvale Justice Court records show that Archuleta took a no contest plea in abeyance on Jan. 30. He paid a $582 court fee and completed a counseling class. The case will be dismissed at the end of the month if he doesn't repeat the crime.

Archuleta was the American Idol runner-up in 2008.

Jason Bergreen