March 31, 2003 10:38 AM

Another day, another “American Idol” finalist with a rap sheet.

This time, Corey Clark, 22, one of the nine remaining contestants on the hit FOX series, faces trial next month on charges that he allegedly assaulted his 15-year-old sister Alecia and resisted arrest inside his family’s Topeka, Kan., home, reports the Smoking Gun Web site.

At the time of his arrest last October, Clark (a frizzy-haired 6-footer who’s performed such songs as “Against All Odds” and “Foolish Heart” during the competition) screamed at cops, forcing them to wrestle him to the ground before they handcuffed his arms behind his back and placed him in a patrol car, according to the Web site.

Inside the vehicle, Clark allegedly yanked himself free. Authorities slapped the cuffs on him again and warned him to relent, lest he be shot with a stun gun. Clark reportedly heeded the warning.

Prosecutors have charged Clark with resisting arrest, battery upon his sister and criminal restraint, according to the Smoking Gun. (He could face a maximum of a year in prison on two of the misdemeanors, and a maximum of six months on the third.)

A trial is scheduled to begin April 15 in Topeka. (The final judging on “American Idol” is not due to take place until the May sweeps.)

Clark reportedly had an earlier clash with the law, having been sued by Wal-Mart three years ago for allegedly passing more than $600 in bad checks. He reportedly made good on the debt over a two-year period. According to records, he also repaid nearly $50 to a grocery store after it brought action against him.

FOX has refused to comment on the private lives of the contestants on its various programs, who have ranged from a former bondage actress on “Joe Millionaire” to an array of alleged scofflaws on “Idol,” including Jaered Andrews, who was arrested in connection with a misdemeanor assault, and Trenyce, who was busted in 1999 on a felony theft charge.

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