Ex New Found Glory Guitarist Charged with Lewd Conduct with a Minor & Possession of Child Pornography


Bad news for the pop-punk band New Found Glory.

The band announced in December that they had parted ways with their former guitarist Steve Klein.  On Thursday, the band posted on Facebook that the split happened after Steve told the band he was going to be charged with some crimes.

Steve was arraigned on December 12th, 2013 and charged with:

  • 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 lewd acts with a minor 
  • One count of possession of child pornography

Steve pled not guilty and remains free until his upcoming court appearances on May 20th and April 10th, 2014.  His attorney has released a statement via Alternative Press:

“It is a difficult challenge to defend oneself in the media when there is a pending criminal case.  This is because people are quick to assume that if a person is charged with a crime, they are also guilty as charged.  And it is especially difficult because criminal defense attorneys insist that their clients not talk about the case to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Furthermore, attorneys are limited by law as to what can and cannot be said about a case to the public.   


In the matter of Steve Klein, since his case has now been brought into issue by the media, I am permitted to make a few statements.  To that effect, I offer you the following indisputable facts about the accusations:


1.    Steve Klein is not accused of having any lewd actual physical contact with any minor.


2.    ALL charges against Steve are derived solely from online consensual video chats between Steve and some female strangers he met on an adult website. Steve believed the females were over the age of 18.


3.    The females alleged to be “minors” in this case are not known females. This means that no one, not the prosecution, not the police, and not the defense, actually know who the females are and no one knows their true age.


4.    The possession of child pornography charge is based solely on Steve allegedly “possessing” the videos of chats with the female strangers from the adult website.


This is about all I am permitted to disclose at this time. But I can tell you, from my many years of experience in this specialty area of criminal defense, I wholeheartedly believe that Steve Klein is innocent of all of these charges.


Steve is devastated by these accusations. 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.”

9 Responses

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  2. rikki

    Lets be serious 14 years olds want to look 18 and lie about it….shouldn’t equal rights apply to women too…….if you lie and say you are 18 when you are not then you are guilty of enticement.

    Plus how many sex charges have ever been made against musicians…..come on wimmen would go to shows with no panties on hoping to get laid by a rock star….what are they supposed to do check ID’s again and again…. and what if they are fake?..they got into the show!

  3. Dase

    @ rikki, wondering if your thoughts would be the same if that 14 yr old was your daughter. Her brain is not fully developed, His is! Hence, the reason he would be found strictly liable, regardless of how old he thought she was (always a crappy defense)

    • ja

      if my daughter was dumb enough to be underage and showing her goods to strangers online claiming she was 18, three things:

      1) i would seriously question my parenting
      2) i would understand she is a teenager
      3) i would certainly not hold the guy on the other side accountable who thought she was of age

      let’s get real, stop with the all males are evil and all girls are sweet and innocent bs

      • Dase

        Well now his parents are questioning their parenting skills wondering how the hell they raised a perverted felon.

        • TuneHunter

          Let’s translate to English German or Danish regulations governing those matters!

          At least 250,000 Americans would be released from jails and 747,408 sex offenders would have a chance for new life. Wrong pictures in your tablet can put to group A or B above – 7 police cars around your house and years in jail are not unusual. Make sure you got cash and very good consoler.

          • Dase

            No need to translate any of those regulations because were not in any of those sovereigns. Were in USA and the law is you sleep with a minor its Statutory Rape! and off to jail you go! By the way, we dont spell “consoler” that way here in America.

          • TuneHunter

            You need cash lawyer and yes, consoler. In the meantime land is infested with stupid regulations – net result more Americans in jail than in all dictatorial countries like China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, N. Korea and together all of those nuts have six time bigger population

            It is very bad, for sure unconstitutional and there is no practical way to tackle the issue.
            Only route is thousands of expensive precedence setting cases but poor Americans have no choice but jail.

            Music Industry is in similar pathology.

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