Hot dog truck prostitute: 'They keep framing me'

An East Rockaway woman arrested last year for moonlighting as a prostitute out of her hot dog truck is back in jail, accused of offering to have sex with an undercover detective for $100.

Wearing a black track suit, Catherina Scalia pleaded not guilty Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead. She is charged with performing an unlicensed massage, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of prostitution.

"They keep framing me," Scalia told Judge Colin O'Donnell. "All these arrests are entrapment."


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A mother of four, Scalia, 47, was sentenced to 7 days in jail in June after pleading guilty to soliciting an undercover cop for sex at her home for $150.

She has pleaded guilty to four other misdemeanors -- prostitution, attempted forgery, driving under the influence and stalking -- since 2004, records show.

During her arraignment Saturday, Scalia said she was "broke" and living in a camper. "I am a bum in the street," she said.

O'Donnell ordered her held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash.

According to Nassau police, Scalia drove her hot dog truck to the Red Roof Inn on Dibblee Drive in Westbury shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday to meet an undercover detective posing as a john.

Scalia massaged the "muscle areas" of the detective's upper back and shoulders. She then offered to have sex for $100 cash, according to the criminal complaint.

Scalia does not have a license to practice massage therapy in New York, police said.

A police spokesman would not disclose how law enforcement officials arranged the hotel encounter or whether the detective paid for the massage.

After her arrest, Scalia insisted she didn't break the law. "I'm just a stripper," she told police, according to court documents. "I'll strip until the day I die."

In court Saturday, Scalia -- who has business cards advertising after-hours stripping and lap dances -- said "no money was exchanged. I did it for free."

She is due back in court on Wednesday.

With Mackenzie Issler

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