by Kyle Swenson
As anyone who’s tuned in to Celebrity Rehab knows, the post-rock lifestyle isn’t always a smooth run for once-famous musicians. Now, the man partly responsible for a slew of wedding staples your grandma loves to get down on has hit a bad patch and is heading for rehabilitation, but not the kind you can milk for a last 5 minutes of fame on a reality TV tearjerker.
Richard Finch, a founding member and former bass player with KC and the Sunshine Band, has been found guilty of charges related to the sexual abuse of boys in Licking County, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
The 56-year old was looking at counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning and sexual imposition. He pleaded no contest. A judge found him guilty.
Finch was first nabbed by police in March. At the time he was running a home recording studio where he worked with “young, aspiring musicians.”
His victims — seven boys — were reportedly regulars at the studio. Officials say Finch told his victims they “would need to be prepared for such activity if they sought success in the music industry.”
In court Finch was allegedly contrite, saying the arrest was “a wake-up call.” (Duh). He was given a seven year prison sentence, a legal slap lightened by the prosecution’s belief a dependence on alcohol was responsible for Finch’s behavior.
In addition to sexual abuse, Finch is also responsible for some truly shitty music. Alongside partner-in-crime Harry “KC” Casey, he founded the Sunshine Band in 70s Miami (cocaine) and subsequently churned out vanilla funk hits like “Get Down Tonight” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” — titles that — in light of recent developments — are just disturbing.
According to Finch’s Wikkipedia page, KC and he had a business dispute in the early 80s, precipitating the bass player’s exit from the band. KC still tours with a new line-up, and when Finch was arrested threw up a post on his web site distancing himself from his former bandmate.