Former New Found Glory Guitarist Steve Klein Reportedly Arraigned for Alleged Child Sex Crimes
Published Mar 12, 2014In December, Florida pop punk masters New Found Glory parted ways with founding guitarist Steve Klein. While they didn't reveal a reason at the time, reports have surfaced indicating that Klein was arraigned for lewd conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography.
While details are scarce, Klein's arraignment took place in a California court on December 12. Idobi shared court documents.
The papers reportedly revealed charges that included two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, three counts of lewd conduct with a minor of the age of 14 or 15, one count of intent to commit a lewd act with a minor, and one count of possession of child pornography. Klein pled not guilty.
On December 11, the day before Klein's arraignment, the members of New Found Glory shared the following statement on Facebook:
It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We've had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve's position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time.
Klein was not incarcerated at the time of his arraignment and is set to reappear in court on March 20.
The band's management has not responded to this story as of yet. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.