Pete McNeal — a former drummer for Cake and Norah Jones — has been sentenced to 15-years to life in a California state prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl.
Shocking news! Pete McNeal, 48, who previously drummed for rock group, Cake has been sentenced to jail after being found guilty of molesting a three-year-old girl back in 2009 and he must register as a sex offender. Pete had previously been sentenced to three-years probation following a separate incident in which he attempted to molest a six-year-old while he was volunteering at an L.A school.
Pete McNeal Prison Sentence — Jail Time Following Molestation
According to Rolling Stone, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner has issued that Pete must register as a sex offender and will serve 15-years to life for the molestation of a three-year-old toddler.
The site reports that Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson revealed that the incident happened on Thanksgiving in 2009 at a home in Mount Laurel where Pete was a guest. He was arrested in January 2012 and released on $250,000 bail. He then went to trial which ended in mistrial and he was found guilty at the second.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that in 2009 the drummer was sentenced to three-years probation after he attempted to molest a six-year-old while he was volunteering at a school in L.A.
Rolling Stone reports that Pete was a member of Cake from 2001 until 2004 where he replaced drummer, Todd Roper. From there he appeared on Norah Jones 2009 album, “The Fall.”
The site also claims that he worked with musician, Mike Doughty who told Fox at the time of Pete’s arrest in 2012, “I was devastated to hear of the arrest. There is nothing in my experience of Pete that indicates he’s a monster. But someone accused of child molestation usually gets labeled as a monster permanently, regardless of what a jury decides.”
Our thoughts go out to the young victims and their families at this time.
— Britney Taylor