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Child Porn Allegations Lead to Concert Cancellation in Oklahoma City

Ryan Coventon - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In a month, 1960s rock band The Lovin' Spoonful was scheduled to take the stage at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City to dish out its top hits, including "Do You Believe in Magic." Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musicians are cancelling their show after one of the band's members was arrested on child pornography complaints.

Reports say Jerry Yester, 74, was arrested by the Arkansas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit earlier this month. Agents with the Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Yester after someone using a computer at his address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Harrison, Arkansas, arrested Yester on complaints of 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He was booked into the Boone County Jail and subsequently released on $35,000 bond.

Upon Yester's arrest and the allegations against him, The Lovin' Spoonful has kicked their longtime bandmate out of the band. Through their publicist, Mark Logsdon, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler released a statement regarding Yester's arrest and their decision to let him go:  

"We are as numbed and shocked as the public is about these serious charges that have been brought against [Yester]."

Because they have not had time to find a replacement for Yester, The Lovin' Spoonful has decided to cancel its tour, including a November 17 stop in Oklahoma City.

A Tower Theatre representative has said that all ticketholders for the cancelled concert will be issued full refunds. For more information, contact nfo@towertheatreokc.com or 708-6937.
 
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