Karl Logan, guitarist for long-running New York metal band Manowar, was arrested on Aug. 9 on six felony counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor tied to charges of alleged possession of child pornography. According to an arrest report provided by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, the 53 year-old guitarist was taken into custody in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August; a spokesperson for the CMPD said the arrest information likely came to light this week because of a reporter’s inquiry into the case.
Bail was set at $35,000 at the time of the arrest and it was unclear at press time when Logan posted bond in the case. Logan joined the group in 1994, replacing David Shankle. As of now, the group that often boasts of being the loudest rock band on the planet, has a show scheduled in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 25, and it appears that Logan will not be present for that gig.
North Carolina General Statute §14-190.17 states that “A person commits the offense of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he possesses material that contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity.”
A spokesperson for Manowar — in the midst of its final tour — could not be reached for comment at press time, but the band posted an update on their official Facebook page on Friday (Oct. 26) stating that due to Logan’s arrest and “the fact that Karl and his attorneys are dealing with these issues, he will not perform with MANOWAR. The new album and the upcoming tour will not be affected.”