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Pageant Queen from ‘Wife Swap’ to Plead Not Guilty to Prostitution

Alicia Guastaferro. Still from ABC's 'Wife Swap.'

An attorney for Alicia Guastaferro, 21, says the former teen beauty queen who once titillated audiences with her orange tan and pink outfits on ABC’s hit reality TV show Wife Swap will plead not guilty to prostitution and other charges this week. Guastaferro was arrested in August for allegedly having sex for pay with a Rochester, N.Y., lawyer. Police say the attorney, 54-year-old James D. Doyle was found ”slumped over asleep” in a Pembroke rest area on Monday with the 20-year-old Alicia Guastaferro in his car. Doyle, who for a time served on the Greece Town Board, has been convicted of DWI twice in the past. Now, he’s charged with driving while intoxicated, patronizing a prostitute and unlawfully dealing with a child for giving alcohol to a minor. Guastaferro, who was 20 at the time of the alleged incident, is charged with charged with criminal impersonation for having a fake ID, prostitution, and possession of a controlled substance. Doyle claims that he is a friend of Guastaferro’s family and that there is nothing sexual between the two of them. Guastaferro, however, allegedly told police that Doyle pays her $500 to $700 for sex twice a month.

Guastaferro’s mother was the wife ‘swapped’ on the family’s 2008 reality TV debut; Guastaferro herself appeared as a bratty, spoiled teenager who spent much of her time wearing a tiara. In 2010, Guastaferro sued ABC for $100 million, claiming that the unfair representation of her on the show led to an eating disorder, suicidal tendencies and depression. The lawsuit has been settled, but the terms have not been released.

Last year, when Guastaferro was working as a stripper, her father and mother were convicted, respectively, on charges of money laundering and paying employees off the books.

For those interested, Guastaferro’s appearance was on season 1, episode 4, of Wife Swap.

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