Former Get Scared vocalist Joel Faviere was arrested in an undercover child pornography sting, Rock Feed has learned from a source. The sweeping sting took place in Polk County, Florida and involved 42 people who were arrested and charged with more than 800 crimes according to a local report by WTSP.
The Daily Ridge said this of his arrest: “27-year-old Joel Faviere of Lakeland – Detectives received information that someone operating a device located in Faviere’s home was sharing files that contain child pornography. Detectives responded to the home on Buck Run Drive, and during an on-scene preview of his computer equipment they seized, detectives found over 4,500 files containing child pornography, including images of infants and toddlers being sexually abused. Faviere told detectives he has been viewing child pornography for a year and that it “has become an addiction.”
Some of the charges he faces include directing or promoting the sexual performance by a child. Here is how Florida defines that particular charge:
“A person is guilty of promoting a sexual performance by a child when, knowing the character and content thereof, he or she produces, directs, or promotes any performance which includes sexual conduct by a child less than 18 years of age. Whoever violates this subsection is guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.”
It appears that if you are accused of this crime, it means you allegedly produced child pornography or you promoted it on the internet. We don’t know which would apply in this case. The rest of the charges involve the possession of child pornography.
Joel left Get Scared in 2012 but he is still a very popular YouTuber (with over 50,000 subscribers and 50,000 followers on Twitter, and 28,000 followers on Instagram) and solo artist. They released the Built for Blame, Laced with Shame EP while he was in the band with them.
Faviere has yet to comment on the case, as his social media accounts (where he is quite active) have been quiet since February 13th. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.