American Idol crooner David Archuleta’s dad, Jeff, was arrested in January for soliciting a prostitute at a masseuse parlor. According to E News, the incident had taken place January 14 during a police bust. Police had been keeping an eye on the Utah massage parlor after nearby doctors complained about suspicious activities. Police shut down the massage parlor after discovering that the place had been operating without a license. When they went into the parlor, they found James Jeffrey (Jeff) Archuleta receiving sexual gratification from a masseuse.
On January 30, Jeff Archuleta pleaded no contest, paid a $582 fine, and completed counseling. Should he manage to stay out of trouble until the end of the month, the case will be dismissed.
David Archuleta’s Dad Arrested: Life and Career
David Archuleta is the American Idol 7 runner-up. He was born in Miami, FL to Spanish-speaking parents Jeff and Lupe Marie. Lupe is a native of Honduras while Jeff is of Spanish, Danish, Irish, German, and Iroquois descent. David Archuleta is a Mormon and his family lives in Murray, Utah.
David Archuleta was inspired to sing after watching Tamyra Gray on American Idol. After performing on television and competing on Star Search, he auditioned for American Idol and charmed audiences with his smooth vocals. In the final with David Cook, Archuleta was the Angelic Crooner while Cook was the Rugged Rocker. David Archuleta signed with Jive Records in 2008 and is currently touring with Demi Lovato.
David Archuleta’s Dad Arrested: Other Controversies
David Archuleta is perhaps one of the most controversial parents in American Idol history, especially when compared to Elliott Yamin’s sweet mother Claudette. Parents such as vocal coach Peisha McPhee have sometimes been labeled as stage moms, but nowhere near the extent of Jeff Archuleta. American Idol fans accused Jeff Archuleta of being an overbearing stage dad, citing instances when Jeff refused to give David a glass of water. David denied accusations of his father’s behavior, said that he had a great relationship with his father and that he was capable of getting his own water.
Hopefully David Archuleta’s music career will not suffer because of his father’s latest scandal. Given that Jeff Archuleta has paid the fines and undergone counseling, hopefully he has learned from this experience and will stay out of trouble from now on.
David Archuleta’s Dad Cops to Patronizing Prostitute, Gina Serpe, E News