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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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31.

GossipKing    

What a friggin loser. http://bit.ly/IC4m9t

196 days ago
32.

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Who cares??! In really "breaking news" I'm currently on a American Airlines flight to Los Angeles from London. After talking to this older woman for about forty minutes, she just asked if I wanted to make love to her! .......DUH!!

196 days ago
33.

RaineeDrops    

Thanks a lot, every time I see lemonade in the grocery story, it is going to take forever to wash this from my mind, wish I'd never read the story.

So gross, and after handing out lemonade to kids at a church, this is disgusting!!

196 days ago
34.

kitnplayn    

He seems to be pieces of every American, all rolled up into one tidy little package.

196 days ago
35.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Leave it to AI to put a Pedo on tv. He'll get run out of Taunton for sure.

196 days ago
36.

mizzMargaret88    

I feel bad i went to school with him and he was a sweet shy smart kid had a future and now idk what happened he had a beautiful voice in high school and now eww sorry Sammy i love you but get your life!!!!

196 days ago
37.

Kristinajp    

Ewww...When you decide you want to be a public figure that's the time to stop doing public things you don't want plastered on tmz.

196 days ago
38.

Yurra Knutz    

You wanted to be famous?

Now you're famous.

196 days ago
39.

Andie    

WTF? Near church goers and their kids?? That boy needs a beating and I don't mean the one he was giving to himself.

196 days ago
40.

Someonezmom    

was it called a "slushy" truck before or after he was "scratching is foot"?

196 days ago
41.

Ron Fing Swanson    

Lol@ "with an intense look in his face". Keep this pervert off the streets and away from slushy trucks.

196 days ago
42.

Rick    

Why is it a crime so many humans do it. sometimes more then once a day. It is not hurting anyone else either

196 days ago
43.

TsTashaJones    

Why is always the ugly ones that do **** like this. Give me a hot one and i sit back enjoy

196 days ago
44.

Missy    

Are you proud of yourself for making fun of a man with obvious mental disabilities! It is no wonder bullying in school is such an epidemic. Its the adults that should be teaching the kids ho wrong this is!

196 days ago
45.

Jorial    

He was in it to wank it.

196 days ago
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