Friday, April 30, 2010
Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band Makes Lil Wayne Look Better In Comparison? Don't forget Tim Bachman...
An elderly lawyer peered over my shoulder glancing at an article about rapper Lil Wayne who was sent to Rikers Island jail after his conviction for felony gun charges and exclaimed,"Not only was the music better in my day, the musicians were better people too." A simple smile pursed my lips as I ironically continued to read about Richard Finch, who played in the 1970s pop music group KC & the Sunshine Band. (Finch played base and drums with the group. He left the band in 1980.) Richard appeared today in an Ohio court concerning an indictment on 16 sex charges involving "multiple male juveniles." Richard Finch's trouble began last month when a 17-year-old boy said they had sexual contact. This launched a search for other possible victims. This month a grand jury indicted Finch on 10 counts of sexual imposition. Assistant prosecutor Tracy Van Winkle said the charges are of a sexual nature. Finch also faces three counts of compelling prostitution and/or offering money to minors for sex.
While Finch is presumed innocent, he allegedly told police that he had "sexual contact" with the juvenile, along with other male teenage juveniles. (According to law enforcement personnel. Finch disputes any such statements.) Finch remains at the Licking County jail awaiting a trial date. Finch's lawyer accurately reminds all that "...these are just allegations and that Mr. Finch is presumed innocent." Truer words never spoken. But for the present time, the allegations against Richard Finch may be taking some of the attention off modern day artists such as Lil Wayne.
Update 6-16-10: Rock and Roller Tim Bachman joins the list of former musicians making bad headlines. Bachman one of the founding members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has been charged with allegedly committing sex crimes against a young girl. Abbotsford News. The 58-year-old Bachman was formally charged in an Abbotsford court. He is accused of sexual interference with a person under the age of 14, sexual assault and touching a young person for a sexual purpose. Bachman started the band in the early 1970s. The incidents supposedly began a decade ago when the alleged victim was just 11 years old. Bachman allegedly continued "the assault" for three years until she was 14. Bachman who apparently works as a local real estate agent turned himself into Abbotsford police on May 12, 2010. His next court date is July 5, 2010. Bachman needs to follow the advice of his famous song, 'Takin' Care of Business.' Tim Bachman who left the group in 1974, but rejoined for a 1984, 1987 and 1988 reunion tours, has denied all charges. He is to be presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. an