Former New Found Glory Guitarist Accused of Lewd Acts With a Minor
Steve Klein was arraigned in December on two felony charges along with possession of child pornography
Steve Klein was booted from New Found Glory back on Dec. 11 for unspecified "personal differences." Today, those differences became very clear.
Court documents went public today via Idobi, showing that Klein was arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Dec. 12 for multiple felony charges: 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 a lewd act with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.
Klein pleaded not guilty and was not booked after the arraignment. He remains free until scheduled court appearances on March 20 and April 10. Below is the docket from his arraignment:
New Found Glory recently performed onboard Paramore's Parahoy! cruise, which Billboard covered extensively. In an on-ship interview with lead vocalist Jordan Pundik and guitarist/vocalist Chad Gilbert, the band members assured that New Found Glory would be pressing on as a four-piece, without adding a replacement for Klein. They also addressed songwriting responsibilities going forward, as Klein was a frequent lyricist for the band.
Klein, 34, was a founding member of New Found Glory, which formed in Coral Springs, FL in 1997. He last played on their live album "Kill it Live," released 2013. The band plans to tour North America and the UK this fall, as well as to release new album.