Alicia Guastaferro is back in the news. The former “Wife Swap” star has been arrested for prostitution at a New York Thruway service area in Pembroke, 30 miles outside of Buffalo.
Even five years after her fame on the reality TV show ‘Wife Swap’ faded, the spotlight seemed to have left Alicia Guastaferro well-bronzed.
The police mugshot of the the teenage beauty queen-turned prostitute revealed she has tried to keep up for youthful looks with bleached hair and a heavy dose of tanning spray.
Reportedly, the 20-year-old Guastaferro told investigators that she had sex with James D. Doyle a 54-year-old attorney in Rochester, New York, twice a month in exchange for cash — $500 to $700 each time.
Her estranged husband meanwhile, says he’s not surprised his wife was arrested for prostitution.
Guastaferro rose to minor celebrity in 2008 as the 15-year-old ‘beauty queen from hell’ portrayed on the ABC show “Wife Swap.” She was perhaps most remembered for saying: “I do feel sorry for people that are not gorgeous people.”
In the show, she was portrayed as a spoiled teen, whose parents kept their Christmas tree up year-round and gave her a present every day. “She’s just such a pleasurable child and deserves it,” her mother explained to TV cameras.
Her estranged husband, meanwhile, tells TMZ that Guastaferro has been working as a ‘dancer’ and has a habit of going home with her customers.
Guastaferro was a passenger in Doyle’s car when police were alerted to his ‘erratic’ driving in Rochester, police say.
Deputies gave chase and eventually caught up with them at a service area. State police told the news station that Doyle was “slumped over asleep” at the wheel of a parked car early Monday morning at the rest area.
Police say Doyle refused a field sobriety test and charged him with driving while intoxicated, patronizing a prostitute and providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Doyle has been convicted of DWI twice before.
Guastaferro, of Williamsville, is charged with criminal impersonation, prostitution, and possession of a controlled substance. She told troopers they were both drinking prior to their arrest, and that Doyle gave her a fake ID and bought her alcohol.
She allegedly told police that she’s known Doyle for two years and that he calls her twice a month and pays her $500 to $700 for sex, the D&C reported. Gustaferro said she had not been paid Monday because he usually pays her in the morning.
Doyle, who previously served on the Greece Town Board, denies the charges.
“I’ve been accused of allegations that are lurid, salacious and demonstrably false,” he told YNN. “The young lady with me is a lady whose family I’ve known for two years. I’ve known this young lady for two years. I’ve been to her home. She’s visited my home with her mother and her father… There was absolutely nothing of a sexual nature with respect to our encounter, whatsoever, at all.”
Guastaferro was on “Wife Swap” in 2008 with her parents, according to Radar Online. In 2010, she sued ABC and its parent company Walt Disney for $100 million, claiming they poorly represented her on the show as a “spoiled brat.”
The former teen beauty queen famously said on the episode that she feels “sorry for people that are not gorgeous people.” Zap2It reports the lawsuit, which is still pending, claimed ridicule from her peers forced Guastaferro to changes schools and that she was suffering from panic attacks and suicidal tendencies.
The Guastaferro family has fallen on some hard times since their appearance on “Wife Swap.”
Alicia’s father, Ralph, is currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to money laundering charges involving a $1.2million from a telemarketing scheme in Canada.
Her mother Karen is on probation after admitting to lying to the IRS about how many employees the family window tinting firm employed and cheating the government out of $56,000 in taxes.
Doyle was arraigned in Pembroke Town Court. He’s due back in court next month.
No word as to how investigators plan to pursue Guastaferro. She appears to have helped offices put together a strong case against Doyle, so it’s quite possible charges against the former beauty queen may be dropped.