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Failed 'Idol' Contestant

Arrested for Public Masturbation

... In Slushy Truck

1/17/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If you thought this guy was weird on Wednesday night's "American Idol" premiere, just wait til you get a load of his rap sheet -- and we literally mean load --  the guy was convicted in 2010 after allegedly jerking it in a frozen lemonade truck ... while parked in front of a group of kids.

Sam Atherton had just finished serving frozen lemonade to a group of churchgoers and their kids when he was popped for "open and gross lewdness."

An eyewitness told police he saw Atherton "bobbing his head up and down ... with an intense look on his face" while vigorously moving his arm and shoulder. The witness claims when he approached Atherton to confront him, the guy's pants were around his ankles.

Atherton's excuse was classic ... he said he was just scratching his foot because of a severe fungus.

Atherton was convicted on two counts of lewdness and sentenced to two years probation.

Just when you thought nothing could be worse than his audition.

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16.

vidsoon    

Didn't the lemonade company do a background check or sex offender check before hiring this guy?

176 days ago
17.

arforama    

You said LOAD.

176 days ago
18.

August    

Well, he wasn't going to make the headlines with his singing...

176 days ago
19.

Slemon    

scary.

176 days ago
20.

KARMA K    

I'm guessing his employer didn't do a back ground check. This pedophile should have gone too jail,sick piece of sh.t!

176 days ago
21.

seanmc0331    

At least he can still make 81 dollars an hour like patricia

176 days ago
22.

cuddy90    

Crackers

176 days ago
23.

Columbo    

And he gets on the show how?

176 days ago
24.

seanmc0331    

U sir are a ahole

176 days ago
25.

August    

I'll never think of LEMONADE the same ever again...

176 days ago
26.

The Zombie    

They had to throw in "churchgoers" as if this fruitcake didn't sound bad enough anyway.

176 days ago
27.

svt    

Keep stroking but next time have a few open containers when you get caught. Then hopefully they can take you to jail where some big 400 pound beauty can continue to stroke you and just might have a little something else for you also.

176 days ago
28.

Just Steve    

How do you say bonafied freak in English?

176 days ago
29.

Just My Opinion    

Not to be mean, but I watched him on that show, and thought, there is something wrong with that guy.

If this guy truly has a mental problem. If I were his family, I would have tried to have talk that dude out of going on that show. Being rejected can cause him more problems, depending on how well this dude can handle things.

I am not making fun of him, but his excuse was pretty funny tho. I have to take my pants down to scratch my foot. Would have made more sense if he had told them his balls was itching. LOL

If this dude has a mental problem God bless him. i know living in a type of a world we have today, it isn;t easy.

176 days ago
30.

GossipKing    

Can you believe this?!

http://bit.ly/IC4m9t
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176 days ago
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