Wednesday, June 17, 2009

'American Idol' star's dad cited for patronizing prostitute

June 17th, 2009
By Ben Winslow

MIDVALE -- The father of "American Idol" runner-up and Utah favorite David Archuleta quietly settled a citation for patronizing a prostitute, court records show.

The case was handled in January in Midvale Justice Court. Records show James "Jeff" Archuleta, 41, pleaded no contest to patronizing a prostitute, a class B misdemeanor.

He entered what is called a plea in abeyance, which means that if he commits no further violations of the law, the case will be dismissed.

Court records show Midvale Justice Court Judge Ronald Wolthuis ordered Archuleta to attend a class called "Thinking Errors," and pay a $582 fine. He complied with those terms, court records show.

Archuleta is due in court again on June 30 for a review hearing where the case will likely be dismissed.

Midvale police did not return repeated calls for comment seeking information on the initial arrest.

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