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Ex-New Found Glory Guitarist Steve Klein Convicted Of Felony Indecent Exposure, Required To Register As A Sex Offender


Former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was convicted of felony indecent exposure in a San Luis Obispo Superior Court last month. The conviction stems from a series of charges Klein has faced for several years now from incidents dating back to 2010-2012.

In late 2014 Klein was 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 act with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.

Those charges stemmed from video evidence submitted by Klein‘s now ex-wife Amanda McCullough. That digital evidence was found on a hard drive the couple had shared at the time for downloaded feature films.

The recordings, alleged by McCullough to number in the 100s, depicted sexual interactions wherein Klein pleasured himself online via internet chats on Omegle with a number of underage girls. No actual physical contact took place. The victims were never identified by investigators.

Dr. Nisha Abdul Cader, a pediatrician with San Luis Obispo County who served as an expert witness for the prosecution, estimated that the ages of the female participants ranged from 9 to 16-years-old. According to The Tribune, Klein plead no contest to an added felony charge of indecent exposure as part of a plea bargain which saw the remaining charges dismissed.

As such, he will avoid jail time, instead serving two years of formal probation and will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years. Should he complete his first year of probation without incident, his felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

His official sentencing will take place on March 09th. The band parted ways with Klein upon learning the nature of the charges against him back in 2013. Upon resolution of the trial, Klein‘s attorney, Ilan Funke-Bilu, indicated that Klein appears to hope to resume his music career, stating:

“He’s still writing great songs. He’s still writing great music. I think the future will be even better now that he can put this case behind him.”

More details from the extensive legal proceedings can be found over at The Tribune.

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