'Hot dog hooker' arrested again for prostitution - New York News

'Hot dog hooker' arrested again for prostitution

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Nassau County police have once again arrested the woman who was convicted last year for offering services as a prostitute from her hot dog vending truck. 

Police say 47-year-old Catherina Scalia of East Rockaway, drove her vending truck to a hotel in East Garden City on Friday where she offered to engage in a sexual act with an undercover officer. 

Scalia offered to perform the sexual act for an undetermined amount of money, according to authorities. 

She was arraigned on Saturday on prostitution charges.   

In May of 2012, Catherine Scalia appeared before a Nassau County judge and pleaded guilty but she said she did nothing except sell hot dogs and strip.

"Why should I get arrested for prostitution if I'm going to show my cleavage in a bikini and sell hot dogs?" she said to reporters at the time.

Scalia, 45, was all smiles when she spoke just minutes after she was released from Nassau County jail in the 2012 incident. Scalia yelled at reporters and made obscene gestures to cameras as she walked out. 

"Sexy and I know it," she proclaimed.

Scalia spoke after pleading guilty to prostitution charges and was sentenced to seven days behind bars.

She was also ordered to complete a psychiatric evaluation.

"I'm not pleading guilty to being a prostitute. I'm pleading guilty to being a stripper," she said at the time. "A stripper and a prostitute are two different things."

"The penal law says you're making an offer of sexual conduct or sexual acts in exchange for currency," said Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Kelly at the time. "That's the charge here, and that's what she pled guilty to as a matter of fact."

Authorities say Scalia sold hot dogs out of this trailer and offered sex acts to customers on the side at her East Rockaway home.

"I gave my business card to an undercover officer. He called me up and said 'you want to come to my house,' he came to mine," she said. "I start doing my dance. The next thing you know, the cuffs were on me, I was charged with prostitution."

As it turns out, Scalia was also arrested on prostitution charges eight years ago. Still, she said she plans to keep selling hot dogs -- and stripping. 

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