Alcohol’s Role In Crime?

Alcohol’s Role In Crime?Former KC & the Sunshine Band member was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for sexual conduct with minor boys, blaming the incidents on alcohol use.

A former member of the ‘70s group KC and the Sunshine Band was sentenced in Ohio to seven years in prison for sex charges involving teen boys, a crime he attributes to substance use.

On December 6, 2010, bassist and music producer Richard Finch entered pleas of no contest in Licking County Common Pleas Court to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and several other charges. The 56-year-old Finch apologized to a judge and the teens, saying he had little memory of the activities because he was impaired by alcohol, according to The Huffington Post.

Finch Blames Conduct on Alcohol

Finch was arrested in March 2010 after one of the victims spoke up, and he eventually admitted to the crimes perpetrated on boys ranging in age from 13 to 17. While Finch told the judge he takes “responsibility 100 percent” for his conduct, he did point to alcohol as a major factor in his legal troubles.

“I am very proud of the legacy in the music business that I have created, but sadly because of my stupidity while under the influence of alcohol, I will not be remembered for that contribution and, rather, I will be remembered for this unfortunate moment in time,” Finch said. “It is my own fault and I will work hard to regain trust and respect from those I let down, including myself.”

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