Things are starting to get more intense on the Steve Klein arraignment case.
If he is convicted of all his charges then he can face around 27 years in prison even though he has not been registered as a sex offender in California’s Megan’s Law, a database where sex offenders must register themselves.
The breakdown for the charges can be seen below and how many years he can serve for each charge.
- 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
The time of the violation, according to the docket, was April 14, 2011, but there seems to be public documentation of Klein and his two daughters bowling. As for what happened after the bowling date, there’s nothing on his whereabouts until the next day when he took a plane to Hartford, CT for an April 16 gig with New Found Glory.
At the time, Klein was married through January 2012. As of Sept. 21, 2012 there was a lawsuit regarding property ownership filed by his wife, Amanda Klein who now goes by Amanda Mcculloch.
It’s been about three months since New Found Glory revealed that they had fired guitarist and founding member Steve Klein, but until now, the reason behind the abrupt release was unknown.
Today, a report surfaced on idobi.com that Klein had been arraigned in San Luis Obispo, CA court on multiple charges, including lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14.
On Dec. 12, 2013, the former NFG band mate was arraigned and plead not guilty to the lewd conduct charge as well as three counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15, one count of intent to commit lewd act with a minor, and one count of possession of child pornography.
Klein was not arrested and booked after the arraignment, but rather was let free until his next scheduled court appearances on March 20 and April 10.
Coincidentally, the same day that Klein was arraigned, New Found Glory took to their Facebook to advise fans that he had been removed from the band, but assured those fans that they would solider on without him especially since they were already booked for the Parahoy! cruise among other scheduled events.
Earlier this week during an interview with Billboard, Chad Gilbert revealed that the band were in no hurry to find someone to replace Klein and are currently doing fine with just being a four-piece.