KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge
A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester, was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography.
Stephen Coronel of Bluffton, S.C., was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the Charlotte Observer, following a police search of his apartment.
In 1970 and 1971, Coronel was a member of the New York-based rock band Wicked Lester with Simmons and Stanley that was signed to Epic Records but never released a record. He later co-wrote KISS' "Goin' Blind" from 1974's Hotter Than Hell and "She" from 1975's Dressed to Kill with Simmons.
Coronel, 63, attracted attention from law enforcement when earlier this year a peer-to-peer web cam program observed streaming or broadcasting of what a moderator flagged as child pornography, WJCL News reports. That information was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Coronel's location was tracked through his IP address.
When officers entered his apartment with a warrant on Friday, the ABC-affiliate reports Coronel was found to have four videos playing or uploading depicting children between 3-12 engaged in sexual acts.