Owl City Former Touring Member Daniel Jorgensen Charged With Criminal Sexual Contact With Teen Fan

Daniel Jorgensen
Owl City alum Daniel Jorgensen has reportedly been charged with criminal sexual misconduct.  Igor Vidyashev/ZUMAPRESS.com

Yikes. Daniel Jorgensen, a former touring member of the band Owl City, has been charged with criminal sexual contact, according to the Associated Press.

The musician, 30, was reportedly indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for an incident that took place in Atlantic City, N.J., in August 2013. The AP reports that Jorgensen was performing with Owl City on tour at the time, and had inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old fan.

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According to reports, Jorgensen was charged after he "committed criminal sexual contact" with the young woman on a beach in the area and subsequently tried to get her to come back to his hotel and the tour bus that Owl City was using for its run of shows.

Owl City performed in Atlantic City, N.J. on Aug. 29, 2013, playing at the now-closed House of Blues. Jorgensen ended his time with the band — known for the hit "Fireflies" — soon after, leaving the group that was first started in 2007 by Adam Young.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Owl City's manager, Steve Bursky, announced Jorgensen's exit in a statement in December 2013.

"As of this weekend, we have terminated Daniel Jorgensen’s employment and all involvement as a touring member of Owl City," Bursky reportedly said at the time. "Please understand that this business decision does not implicate Daniel in the judicial system, but was both necessary and appropriate given the allegations that have surfaced over the last handful of days."

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Jorgensen is now facing a $100,000 bail and the possibility of jail time. According to the AP, the guitarist's second-degree attempted luring charge could land him in prison for five to 10 years. 

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