Richard R. Finch Of KC And The Sunshine Band Arrested For Sexual Abuse

Band's former bassist denies allegations on his Web site.

Richard R. Finch, co-founder and former bassist of disco/ funk group [artist id="10365"]KC and the Sunshine Band[/artist], was arrested after reportedly admitting to authorities that he had sex with teenage boys, according to The Associated Press.

Finch, 56, a former member of the 1970s band that produced #1 Billboard hits like "Get Down Tonight" and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," allegedly acknowledged to Licking County, Ohio, authorities that he'd had sexual contact with a 17-year-old, who reported the incident to police.

According to authorities, Finch admitted during his police interview that he'd had sex with boys ranging in age from 13- to 17-years-old. He was charged with gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, according to a local newspaper, the Newark Advocate. Officials have requested a grand jury consider filing additional charges of sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, importuning and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He is being held at the sheriff's office on $250,000 bond.

A statement posted on Finch's Web site disputes the allegations. "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," the statement reads.

The original accuser reportedly told authorities that he and Finch had sexual contact over several months and had met through music connections. "[The victim] had heard of his successful career and met him through music contacts," Licking County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chris Slayman told the Advocate.

Founded in the early 1970s, KC and Sunshine Band produced a string of hit funk and disco singles, including "That's the Way (I Like It)," "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Keep It Comin' Love" and "Please Don't Go." Finch reportedly told Advocate that he moved to Newark to concentrate on mentoring young musicians.