New Found Glory might be in the middle of having a resurrection with their new album coming out next month and headlining this year’s Glamour Kills tour, but the resurrection might also have something to do with getting away from anything associated with former guitarist, Steve Klein.
The ex-band member was arraigned in San Luis Obispo, CA five counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of contact with intent to commit a sex offense, and possession of child pornography back in December, but did not make headlines until March of this year.
In April, his ex-wife, Amanda testified that she had discovered “at least 100 videos” of two-way chats between Klein and unidentified females who “appeared to be underaged.” She also admitted to the court she had discovered the drives while looking for evidence to support her suspicions that Klein was having an affair a few days after filing for divorce.
Earlier this week,Klein was back in court and the San Luis Obispo Tribute have posted a new report from the courtroom which might include the age of the females that were in the videos.
Read an excerpt of the report:
“On Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Julie Antos played five videos in the courtroom for Superior Court Judge John Trice, Klein and his attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu that allegedly showed audio-less, screen-captured video of Klein carrying on sexually explicit activity with girls on the stranger-based chat website Omegle.
The videos supposedly showed Klein masturbating and encouraging the females to remove clothes and touch themselves. The videos were not shown to the rest of the courtroom because of the estimated ages of the females.
Dr. Nisha Abdul Cader, a pediatrician with San Luis Obispo County and the prosecution’s expert witness on sexual maturity, said she estimated their ages between 9 and 16 years old based on their physical development.
On Monday, Funke-Bilu cross-examined Scott Sarmento, a computer forensic technician with the Sheriff’s Office who retrieved the videos from the hard drive for investigators.
The attorney asked Sarmento whether it was technically possible the videos could have been altered. “Anything’s possible — but it’s highly unlikely,” Sarmento said.”
Klein is due back in court on Tuesday, Sept. 30.