During a three-week investigation held by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, named Operation Child Guardian, ex-Get Scared vocalist Joel Faviere was arrested in an undercover child pornography sting, which saw a total of 42 arrests over the last two months, including 18 arrests for possession.
According to a report made by The Daily Ridge (here), they had the following to say regarding his arrest as a result of the operation:
“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.””
A short video report from a US television network regarding the news can be viewed below:
Following the breaking of this news, Get Scared‘s current frontman posted a statement regarding the situation via the band’s official Facebook page, which you can read in full below:
Faviere was only a member of the outfit Get Scared for a very short time, joining the band in 2011 and leaving in 2012, and only featured on their fourth EP, ‘Built For Blame, Laced With Shame’. Prior to joining Get Scared, he fronted the band Dear Chandelier.
After leaving Get Scared in 2012, Faviere focused on his solo music project.