The man who helped bring together the hit-making 1970s group KC and the Sunshine Band was arrested on March 23 in Ohio for having sex with teenage boys, the Huffington Post reported on March 25. Richard R. Finch was apprehended after a boy came forward, claiming the 56-year-old, who also produced such hits as ‘Shake Your Booty’ and ‘Keep It Comin’ Love,’ had sexual contact with him at his home in Newark.

The Licking County sheriff’s office said the boy first made the allegations the week before they arrested Finch. He later admitted to the sexual abuse when he was being interviewed by police officers at the sheriff’s office. Finch also said the boy wasn’t the only one he had sexual relations with, and the other kids ranged in ages from 13 to 17.

The former bass player for the band was being held on $250,000 bond. A message posted on the web site for the Richard Finch Productions Inc. company said the allegations are baseless. The statement also said that “We will let due process happen through the legal system, and through that, we are sure Mr. Finch will be vindicated from these unfounded allegations.” No arraignment date has been yet for the seven-time Grammy Award winner.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Richard R. Finch

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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  1. This guy is so guilty! He and KC hid being homesexuals from fans for all this time, when they should have been honest. KC and Rick lived with each other for years in a home they bought in Hialeah Fl. They had exotic birds they raised, my friend sold them some of them.Rick had drug problems, along with KC, who admitted to a 100K a year problem with cocaine. KC is/was great friends with Bill Tanner, a DJ from Miami,who went down for this same crime. I hear through the grape vine, KC aided him with finding a new job, after his release from jail. Tanner I hear, works for Spanish radio and lives in Memphis, where I hear KC has a place? KC now has a home in Miami Lakes Fl and Chapel Hill NC also. I have a good friend that lives in Raleigh and sees him often around Chapel Hill with young guys. KC lives on Turkey Farm Rd there, it can be checked.My friend has a home down the street. I think his street in Miami was Loch Ness or something. Lots of people posting on the net that they are “friends” to both these men, yet they don’t seem to know these facts. The article said Rick admitted to sex with kids as young as 13.

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