(OV Editor's Note: When this story was first published, Opposing Views incorrectly posted a picture of KC and the Sunshine Band's lead singer. The photograph has since been changed. Pictured to the left is Richard Finch. We regret the error.)
Bassist and music producer Richard Finch entered pleas of no contest in Licking County Common Pleas Court in Ohio on Monday to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and other charges. Finch was sentenced to seven years in jail.
An emotional Finch, 56, apologized to the judge and the teens, saying he had very little memory of the incidents because he was impaired by alcohol.
The Grammy Award winner was arrested in March after a boy reported that he’d had sexual contact with Finch at his home in Ohio. Finch later admitted to police that he’d had sexual contact with boys ranging in age from 13 to 17.
Finch told the judge he takes “responsibility 100 percent” for his conduct.
“I am very proud of the legacy in the music business that I have created, but sadly because of my stupidity while under the influence of alcohol, I will not be remembered for that contribution and, rather, I will be remembered for this unfortunate moment in time,” Finch said. “It is my own fault and I will work hard to regain trust and respect from those I let down, including myself.”
The Newark Advocate reports court records say Finch paid a 15-year-old boy $100 for sexual acts in a closet of his home where he stored guitars.
Finch reportedly told teens, “The music industry is all about sex and drugs,” and “If you tell your parents, they’re going to … freak out, they are older and they are not in the business.”
Finch played bass for KC and the Sunshine Band, who are known for their songs “Shake Your Booty,” “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like It).”