According to a report published by the Smoking Gun Web site, Trenyce was arrested in October 1999 on a felony theft charge in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn. The 22-year-old unemployed singer spent a year in a Shelby County Criminal Court pre-trial diversion program and her record was eventually wiped clean by the judge for good behavior.
The show's producers insist that Trenyce was up front about her rap sheet. "It was a minor matter that Trenyce was honest about from the beginning," Idol co-executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement. "After looking into it, we felt it warranted no concern regarding her participation in the show."