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Steve Klein, New Found Glory Guitarist, Arrested on Child Porn Charges: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The guitarist from band New Found Glory, Steve Klein, has been accused of lewd conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography in addition to even more charges. Read on for the full story.


1. Klein Has Pled Not Guilty to the Many Charges Against Him

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Because details of Klein’s arraignment were just made public, TMZ has reported all of the charges against Steve Klein that were released by Alternative Press:

Klein pled not guilty to multiple felony charges back in December … 2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15, 1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor, and 1 count of possession of child pornography.


2. New Found Glory Has Kicked Klein Out of the Band

New Found Glory has posted a statement on their Facebook page in light of the charges against Klein, and have decided to “part ways” with Steve. Regardless of this, the band does say that they have more music to come and can’t wait to get back into the studio.


3. Steve Klein’s Lawyer Has Issued a Statement

Klein’s attorney, Debra White has released a statement to Alternative Press and begins by writing this:

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.

Then, White addresses each one of the charges. First she makes it clear that:

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

She continues to defend her client, writing statements including:

Steve believed the females were over the age of 18 … 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.

In conclusion, White gives a heartfelt statement:

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.


4. No One Knows Who the Minors in the Case Are …

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According to the statement made by Klein’s lawyer and TMZ’s report, no one knows who the females in question are, including the prosecution, police and defense. Therefore, these females could possibly be of legal age.


5. The Jail Time May Be Substantial if Convicted

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The Alternative Press has put together a list of the felony charges with their maximum sentences:

2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14 — 3, 6 or 8 years per count (state prison)
3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15 — 1, 2 or 3 years per count (state prison) or not more than 1 year per count (county jail)
1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor — sentence varies
1 count of possession of child pornography — up to 1 year (state prison or county jail) and/or a $2,500 fine
Worst-case scenario, if Klein is found guilty of all charges, he could go to prison for somewhere in the neighborhood of 27 years.

Klein’s court date is set for next week.


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