If found guilty, Daniel Jorgensen could face 10 years in prison
A former touring member of Owl City‘s backing band has been charged with criminal sexual contact following an incident in 2013.
Daniel Jorgensen (pictured above) was on tour with the band, best known for 2009 single ‘Fireflies’, when the incident occured. He was indicted on Tuesday (August 4) in New Jersey. Authorities say he committed criminal sexual contact on a beach in Atlantic City and then tried to bring the girl to his hotel room and the band’s tour bus to have sex.
If found guilty, Jorgensen faces 10 years in prison. His bail has been set at $100,000. Assosciated Press reports that Jorgensen contacted the girl through the internet and mobile phone, encouraging her to meet up when the band arrived in Atlantic City to play live.
Jorgensen played live with Owl City, though was never a permanent member of the group.
In December 2014, Owl City manager Steve Bursky discussed the incident with a member of the Owl City community forum.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Owl City’s manager, Steve Bursky, announced Jorgensen’s exit in a statement in December 2013.
“As of this weekend, we have terminated Daniel Jorgensen’s employment and all involvement as a touring member of Owl City,” Bursky reportedly said at the time. “Please understand that this business decision does not implicate Daniel in the judicial system, but was both necessary and appropriate given the allegations that have surfaced over the last handful of days.”