UPDATED w/past statement from the band on Jorgensen's termination.
Daniel P. Jorgensen, a former musician with the band Owl City, has been indicted in Atlantic County on charges of attempting to lure a 14-year-old to his hotel room and engaging in criminal sexual contact with the girl on the beach while on tour with the band in Atlantic City two years ago, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Wednesday.
Jorgensen, 30, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, faces penalties of up to ten years in prison for the child luring charge and up to 18 months in prison on the fourth degree sexual contact charge. Superior Court Judge Bernard E. Delury set bail on the warrant at $100,000 cash or bond, the prosecutor said. The indictment was handed up Tuesday.
Jorgensen was a touring member of the band Owl City, comprised of musician Adam Young, at the time of the alleged incident, but was terminated in December, 2013 after allegations of misconduct began to surface, according to a website statement from the band.
The charges allege that Jorgensen made contact with the juvenile on the internet and by cell phone and, the release from the prosecutor said, "encouraged her to come to Atlantic City where he was working as a musician and band manager on August 29, 2013."
The charges further state that Jorgensen "committed the criminal sexual contact on an Atlantic City beach, and tried to lure the girl to a hotel room and to the band's tour bus, with the purpose of having sexual intercourse."
Jorgensen, often featured in Instagram photos with young female fans, has been the target of these allegations by fans in other cities. One fan posted in late 2013 about extended contact and flirtations with Jorgensen that culminated with an incident in Atlantic City. In the post, the fan warns others to "stay away from him," and details her trauma from the extended encounter. She writes that she ultimately realized this was a "legal situation" considered "sexual misconduct with a minor." Authorities did not say if this was what led to this week's indictment.
The girl's post from 2013 is listed under "Important Information about Owl City's Daniel Jorgensen" and includes a photo with her _ a skinny girl with braces _ and the obviously older knit-capped Jorgensen with his arm around her on the beach in Atlantic City.
The statement from the Atlantic County prosecutors identifies Jorgensen as a band manager, but Owl City's manager then and currently, Steve Bursky, put out a statement in December, 2013, that said: "As of this weekend, we have terminated Daniel Jorgensen's employment and all involvement as a touring member of Owl City. 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."
Jorgensen's website credits him as being the "music director" for Owl City. He has also released albums under the solo name of Carinthia.
Authorities did not release the name of the victim.