A man who used his former glory to gain access to young musicians that he sexually abused was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday.
Richard R. Finch, 56, last known address 11737 Cross Road, Madison Township, (OHIO) pleaded no contest to 11 criminal counts for sexual contact with seven boys between the ages of 14 and 17 years old.
Finch would touch the boys — both under and over their clothes — while advising them to be more open with their sexuality, according to court records.
“The music industry is all about sex and drugs,” he told one teen.
Finch paid a 15-year-old boy $100 in exchange for sexual acts in a closet of Finch’s residence where guitars are stored, according to court records.
Finch offered two different 14-year-old boys $100 each to engage in sexual conduct with him, but they refused, according to court records.
“If you tell your parents, they’re going to ... freak out, they are older and they are not in the business,” Finch said.
Most of the crimes, which occurred between July 2009 and March 2010, were committed at Finch’s Madison Township residence. An investigation began after a 17-year-old boy reported the sexual touching to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office.
Finch was arrested March 23 and admitted to sexual contact and conduct when interviewed by detectives.
Finch attributed the behavior to alcohol abuse and wrote apology letters to the victims, according to court records.
A note on his website thanks supporters for their letters and encouragement. Finch was a former member of KC and the Sunshine Band. He co-wrote several popular songs, such as “Boogie Shoes” and “Get Down Tonight,” according to copyright records. Finch was nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.
“We pray for benevolence and understanding from Judge Branstool that there will be no prison time ... and rather, community control, residential treatment or a halfway house where he can continue rebuilding his life through the courses and programs those facilities offer in the treatment of alcoholism, to which Rick has openly admitted to having developed a problem,” Finch’s publicist Loni Reeder wrote.