Jermaine Jones: Disqualified “American Idol” Contestant Pleads Guilty To Misleading Police
Disqualified “American Idol” contestant Jermaine Jones pled “guilty” on Tuesday to giving a police officer in Gloucester Township, N.J. a false name when police pulled over a car that he was a passenger in on November 27, 2011. Jones told officers his name was “Kareem Watkins.”
“And what is your real name?” Judge Nicholas Trabosh asked the 25-year-old singer in Gloucester Township Municipal Court, reports the Gloucester Township Patch.
“Jermaine Jones,” the “American Idol” wannabe answered.
For hindering apprehension, Judge Trabosh fined Jones $200, plus $30 in court costs and $125 in related penalties. The aspiring singer faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The judge dismissed an additional hindering charge in which Jones was accused of giving a fake name to officers investigating a disturbance call at the Howard Johnson Express Inn on the Black Horse Pike in March 2011.
A separate charge of driving with a suspended license against Jones is still pending.
Jones’ attorney, Terrell A. Ratfliff said outside of court that he expected the charge to be dismissed within the next 30 days.
The New Jersey-bred baritone said in a post-court interview that he’s glad his legal woes are almost resolved. “I’m glad most of it’s taken care of and I’m grateful to all my fans who’ve stuck by me,” Jones expressed.
This past March, during season 11 of the Fox competition series “American Idol,” Jones was dismissed from the show during a televised meeting with the show’s executive producers for failing to reveal his troubles with the law. The incident immediately drew comparisons to season two “American Idol” finalist Corey Clark, who was also kicked off the show for a similar reason.
Jones has just released a new single, “All Around the World,” featuring the rapper Free-Stal on iTunes. He’s also been cast in the independent film, “The North Star” that is about an escaped slave who joins the Quaker abolitionist movement.
VIDEO: Watch Jermaine Jones perform the Luther Van dross classic “Dance with my Father” on “American Idol.”