Kiss songwriter Stephen Coronel faces child pornography charges

Coronel was also in a band with Gene Simmons before Kiss

Stephen Coronel, contributing songwriter on a number of hits for US band Kiss, is facing child pornography charges.

The 63-year-old was arrested in Beaufort County, South Carolina on September 26 and charged with five counts of exploiting a minor after a police search of his apartment.

As the Charlotte Observer reports, Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office’s has said that a number of electronic devices and other evidence were seized and are pending forensic testing.

Coronel co-wrote a number of hits for Kiss including ‘Goin’ Blind’ from 1974’s ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘She’ from 1975’s ‘Dressed to Kill’. Coronel was also in a band, Wicked Lester, with frontman Gene Simmons before Kiss. Wicked Lester operated between 1970 and 1971 and were signed to Epic , but never released an album.

Meanwhile, Simmons recently issued an apology over comments he made about depression and suicide. After previously saying that kids who “say ‘I live in Seattle. I’m depressed'” should kill themselves, Simmons then retracted the statement.