A former teenage pageant diva is facing charges of drug possession and prostitution. Police officers were investigating a complaint of someone driving erratically. They happened upon the vehicle and found the 21-year-old and a man passed out in a running vehicle. She says that she met this man, who happened to be an attorney, while working in a bar a few years ago. Allegedly, he paid her to sleep with him a couple times per month. The drug charges she faces involve prescription medications she had inside of her purse.
The young woman was also charged with initially lying to state troopers about her identity. She intends to plead not guilty on the charges she is facing. She gained notoriety when her family appeared on an episode of the reality TV series "Wife Swap" in 2008.
According to the woman, she underwent psychiatric care due to the ridicule she received after her appearance on the hit television show. In the episode, her parents did her homework for her, bought her a car she was too young to drive and continually showered her with presents.
The woman says now that the episodes were staged and she was coached to act more spoiled than she was in reality. Her parents were charged in criminal court last year for money laundering and paying employees off the books.
It appears that the young woman and her family have had a turbulent few years. They have had a lot of media attention during that period of time. She is now facing drug charges and has been advised by her attorney not to talk about the case. It remains to be seen if she can get her life back on track after the charges are addressed.
Source: Associated Press, "'Wife Swap' family's daughter to plead not guilty to prostitution and drug charges," Oct. 8, 2012