Ex-KC And The Sunshine Band bassist jailed for sexual abuse

Richard Finch gets seven-year sentence after pleading guilty

Richard Finch, former bassist with KC And The Sunshine Band, has been sentenced to seven years in jail after admitting to sexually assaulting several teenage boys.

Finch, who left the band in 1980 and is pictured here on the far right, pleaded no contest to several charges, including one count of sex with a minor and seven counts of sexual imposition. He told the court in Ohio that though his memory of the events was diminished due to heavy drinking, he “took 100 percent responsibility” for what happened.

The bassist was arrested in March after a 17-year-old boy reported that he’d had sexual contact with him at his home in Newark, Ohio. He was then questioned by police and allegedly confessed to abuses against seven boys, aged 13 to 16 at the time of the crimes.

“I will be remembered for this unfortunate moment,” said Finch, reports the Associated Press. “It is my own fault and I will work hard to regain trust and respect from those I let down, including myself.” He has written apology letters to each of his victims.

Though Finch hasn’t been involved with KC And The Sunshine Band for 30 years, he helped co-write some of their biggest hits including ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, ‘Get Down Tonight’, ‘Boogie Shoes’ and ‘(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty’.

His former bandmates have been quick to emphasise his distance from the current line-up of the band. Harry ‘KC’ Casey, leader of the band, said: “While [Richard‘s] talent contributed to the early success of the KCSB sound, his involvement ended in 1980. The serious allegations confronting Mr Finch have nothing to do with me nor [the band].”