If watching American Idol has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t outrun your past. Just ask former Season 11 contestant Jermaine Jones, who was booted off last year after neglecting to disclose a series of past arrests and outstanding warrants.

This time around, American Idol 2013 hopeful Curtis Finch Jr. may have some explaining to do.

According to the National Enquirer, the singer reportedly stole a $1,500 Macbook laptop from a fellow choir student in St. Louis, Missouri, and attempted to re-sell the computer to another classmate. That person ended up turning him in, and Curtis Finch Jr. was arrested on December 9, 2010.

When the case went to court, the American Idol 2013 contestant reportedly copped a guilty plea to the crime, paying $1,800 plus the cost of appearing in court. This was his first and only arrest, according to our criminal background check.

Curtis has been an early favorite with fans and the American Idol judges already, making it to the Season 12 Top 10 easily. But we know from seasons past how contestants fare when they fail to tell Idol producers about past legal transgressions.

Read more details about the arrest and what happened in court in our exclusive here from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office!

What do you think? Does a criminal past change the way you view this talented singer, or is it simply a mistake that Curtis has learned from and put behind him?

Source: National Enquirer, St. Louis County Circuit Court