Charges believed to relate to video chats guitarist engaged in with strangers on an adult website
Former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was arraigned on charges including lewd conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography in December 2013, it has been revealed.
Billboard reports that Klein, who was asked to leave New Found Glory the day after his arraignment, appeared in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on December 12 last year where charges of two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, three counts of lewd conduct with a minor aged 14 or 15, one count of intent to commit a lewd act with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography were read out to him in the presence of his attorney.
Klein pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free until his scheduled court appearances on March 20 and April 10.
A statement given to Fuse by Klein’s attorney states that the musician is not accused of any physical contact with the minors and that all charges relate to video chats he engaged in with females he met through an adult website and that the pornography charges relate to his possession of these videos.
“Steve is devastated by these accusations,” says Debra White. “He has lost his band, his livelihood and his ex-wife continues to push for full custody of his children using this case as her pawn while he literally fights for his life. Despite this heavy hand, Steve remains strong and hopeful that he will be vindicated.”
Klein had been a member of the US pop-punk act (pictured above) since they formed in 1997. Confirming his exit in a statement published on their official website on December 13 last year, the band made it clear that Klein was asked to leave the band, with “differences” between the guitarist and his bandmates cited as the reason.