'Idol' arrested in Tampa gets rehab


Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:28 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. - A judge is sending former "American Idol" contestant Jessica Sierra for a yearlong stint at a California rehabilitation clinic.

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Jessica Sierra

This file photo originally made available by the Hillsborough Sheriff's Deparment shows former "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra after her arrest in a fracas with three Tampa police officers outside a nightclub.

Hillsborough Sheriff's Dept./The AP, file photo

Sierra remains jailed in Tampa after a judge sentenced her Monday to rehab and three years' probation after her December arrest for disorderly intoxication and resisting officers.

A California clinic will treat Sierra for free.

Celebrity psychiatrist Drew Pinsky treated her as part of an upcoming reality show and made his name hosting the radio show "Loveline."

Circuit Judge Daniel Perry made clear he didn't want the sentence to be another screen test for Sierra. He says he doesn't "want anybody glamorizing the fact that she's a drug addict."

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