CLIFTON, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) — Despite any potential he had to be the next American Idol, there’s something else standing in the way of one man’s path to make it the next round.
Authorities say Joshua Heintzelman of Halifax, Pa., was arrested after he allegedly paid a woman with learning difficulties for sex while he was in New Jersey auditioning for “American Idol.”
He is charged with aggravated sexual assault.
Police say the 21-year-old was staying at a motel in Clifton when he offered the 19-year-old $13 in exchange for sex. The woman is from Washington, D.C., and was in the area Tuesday to support a family member who also was auditioning at the nearby Izod Center.
Police say the woman’s mother became suspicious when her daughter, who never has money, bought a sweater.
The woman’s family says she has the mental capabilities of a third-grader.
Heintzelman is held on $200,000 bail. It’s not clear whether he has obtained a lawyer.
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