• Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

    By: Christy Turner, ActionNewsJax.com

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager. 

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    Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn.

    Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges. 

    Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone.

    The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex.

    Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other.

    Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways.

    The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.”

    In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn.

    A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.

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