Former American Idol contestant Ron Bultongez, who made it to the top 24 during the 2018 season, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Bultongez turned himself on July 15 in Grapevine, Texas.

The singer was charged with four counts of sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 17. Court documents said that this occurred between December 2020 and February 2021.

Bultongez was released from custody a few days after posting a $50,000 bond. A court appearance is pending.

After being a contestant in American Idol, Bultongez has performed at large local venues. After facing label woes that prevented him from releasing a full-length album, he released a single, “Get Back Up,” earlier this month.

“I think we can all agree that we’ve really fallen down, and I just think this record is really timely because we’re all looking for a way to get back up now,” he told the Dallas Observer last July. “I think the best way to do that is to extend a hand to one another.”

Bultongez is the third Idol contestant to be arrested this year.

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