Stephen Coronel

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Stephen Coronel
Born (1951-03-21) March 21, 1951 (age 67)
Manhattan, New York, United States
GenresHard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1964–present
Associated actsThe Long Island Sounds, Bullfrog Bheer, Tree, Cathedral, Coffee, Rainbow, Wicked Lester, Lover, Kiss

Stephen Coronel (born March 21, 1951) is a guitarist and former member of the American rock band Wicked Lester. He co-wrote a handful of songs that would later be recorded by the group Kiss, a band which featured former Wicked Lester members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Coronel has been incarcerated at Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina since 2016.

Biography[edit]

Musical career[edit]

A veteran of several New York City-area bands such as The Long Island Sounds, Bullfrog Bheer (with Gene Simmons), Tree (with Paul Stanley), Cathedral, Coffee, and Rainbow (unrelated to the Ritchie Blackmore band of the same name),[1] Coronel introduced Stanley to Gene Simmons at his Washington Heights apartment in the early 1970s. The trio would go on to form Wicked Lester, which later morphed into Kiss when Simmons and Stanley decided to move in a new musical direction. Not involved in the formation of Kiss, Coronel formed the band Lover. While still a member of Wicked Lester in the early 1970s, Coronel created the riff and chord structures of future Kiss songs "She" and "Goin' Blind with Simmons.

Sexual exploitation conviction[edit]

Coronel was arrested on September 26, 2014, and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. A U.S. Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation determined that child pornography had been uploaded from a residence in Bluffton, S.C.[2][3]

Coronel was sentenced to six years in prison on April 27, 2016, after being found guilty of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. As of April 2018, he is incarcerated at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmons, Gene (2002-10-22). Kiss and Make-Up. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 56–. ISBN 978-0-609-81002-6. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Wicked Lester Guitarist Stephen Coronel Arrested on Child Pornography Charges".
  3. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article9196211.html#.VChueHKXJK9
  4. ^ https://public.doc.state.sc.us/scdc-public/inmateDetails.do?id=%2000367950

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