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Owl City verbally attacked following underage sex scandal

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Former Owl City guitarist's underage sex crimes are hurting the entire band's reputation

Owl City hasn't been making headlines for a long time.

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But the electronic band, famous for its 2009 hit "Fireflies," is back in the news for a despicable crime allegedly committed by its former guitarist.

E! News reports that Daniel Jorgensen, 30, was indicted earlier this week by a New Jersey grand jury for attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl to his Atlantic City hotel room for sex while on tour.

According to court documents, the alleged incident took place in 2013.

The prosecutor assigned to the case said in a press release Wednesday that Jorgensen is accused of initiating criminal sexual contact on the beach in Atlantic City, before making attempts to lure the girl to his hotel room and the band's tour bus.

The release also says Jorgensen contacted the girl online and via cell phone prior to the incident and encouraged her to meet up with him during his Atlantic City tour stop.

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E! News reports that a spokesperson for Owl City says Jorgensen was fired from the band immediately after the allegations surfaced. So far, the band hasn't made any comments related to the grand jury's decision.

Jorgensen's bail for the second-degree attempted luring charge was set at $100,000, and if convicted, he could face a possible five to 10 years in prison. Another lesser charge carries a possible sentence of 18 months in prison.

The social media reaction has been overwhelmingly against Jorgensen, whom many fans say they had never even heard of until the allegations started making headlines.

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What's your take on Daniel Jorgensen's charges? And if you're a fan of Owl City, how do you think the trial and publicity will affect the band? Head down to the comments and share your thoughts.

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