Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Steve Klein Arraigned For Multiple Felonies including Lewd Conduct With a Minor
Former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was arraigned in San Luis Obispo court on December 12th 2013 accused of multiple felonies to which he pled not guilty. They include 2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 15 or 14, 1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor and 1 count of possession of child pornography.
Klein will be free until his next hearing on March 20 and April 10th. New Found Glory released a statement on the same day as Klein's hearing, stating that the band were parting ways with Klein due to personal differences.
Steve Klein's lawyer, Debra White has made a statement regarding the matter:
New Found Glory have also released a statement to fans:
Upon our return from Warped Tour Australia, Steve made us aware of possible allegations that might be made against him. At that point, not knowing all the details, we made the decision to part ways in order for him to deal with these personal issues. Us 4 members of New Found Glory have given our entire lives to this band and will continue to do so. We’ve been able to play all over the world for the most amazing fans. We can’t wait to get in the studio to make a new album and we can’t wait to get back on the road! Just coming off the Parahoy cruise and a surprise show in our hometown we are more inspired than ever! Thank you so much to everyone around the globe for always sticking by us. The future is bright'.