NEWARK, Ohio (AP) -- A music producer and former member of KC and the Sunshine Band has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to charges he had
sexual contact with teenage boys.
Richard R. Finch appeared in Licking County Common Pleas Court
on Tuesday. He was arrested last month and faced 16 charges
relating to sexual conduct with teen boys.
Magistrate Mattie Klein doubled Finch's bond to $500,000, and
ordered him not to have contact with the alleged victims or anyone
under 18 years old.
Michael Connick, Finch's lawyer, had asked that bond be reduced.
Finch is a former bass player for the band and a seven-time
Grammy Award winner. He is being held in the Licking County Jail.
NEWARK, Ohio (CBS/AP) Police say Richard Finch, a former member of KC and the Sunshine Band, admitted having sex with several underage boys, but according to the music producer's Web site, those allegations are baseless.
"We will let due process happen through the legal system," reads the statement. "We are sure Mr. Finch will be vindicated from these unfounded allegations."
Finch was arrested Tuesday after a boy told police he'd had sexual contact with him at Finch's Newark, Ohio home, according to officials.
The 56-year-old Grammy award-winning former KC and the Sunshine Band bass player produced a slew of disco and funk hits including "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)" and "I'm Your Boogie Man."