Ex-New Found Glory Guitarist Steve Klein Convicted of Indecent Exposure in Child Porn Case

He must now register as a sex offender
Ex-New Found Glory Guitarist Steve Klein Convicted of Indecent Exposure in Child Porn Case
In 2014, former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was charged with counts of lewd conduct involving minors and possession of child pornography. As a result of the charges, Klein parted ways with the band, and he's now been convicted of indecent exposure.

According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, Klein pleaded guilty to indecent exposure. This was part of a plea deal that allowed his other charges — five felony counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of intent to commit a sex offence and one count of possession of child pornography — to be dropped.

Klein pleaded no contest to the charge of indecent exposure at a trial-setting conference last month. As part of the plea deal, Klein will not serve any prison time. He will be sentenced to two years of formal probation. A formal sentencing will take place on March 9.

Klein's attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu said that he believes his client's felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanour if he complies with the terms of his probation for one year. However, Klein will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years.

Between 2010 and 2012, it was alleged that Klein participated in explicit online incidents with girls as young as 14 years old. Videos of Klein masturbating on camera while video chatting with young girls on the website Omegle were discovered by his then-wife, who sent a hard drive to authorities.

New Found Glory continued on without Klein, whose wife finalized their divorce in 2014.