Former Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Convicted on Child Molestation Charges
Former Cake drummer Pete McNeal has been convicted of charges that he molested a 3-year-old girl during an incident at a Los Angeles home in 2009. McNeal, whose original trial on the counts of oral copulation and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 10 was declared a mistrial, was found guilty of both charges Monday (March 18). He was taken into custody yesterday and is being held without bail in advance of sentencing, which is scheduled for April 25.
The charges against McNeal stemmed from a Nov. 26, 2009, Thanksgiving dinner celebration at a Los Angeles home, where McNeal was visiting with a friend. The parents of the victim, who was in town from Massachusetts, alleged the drummer assaulted the then-3-year-old child at some point during the visit, but it wasn't until 2011 that the parents decided to pursue charges. It was the second such case against McNeal, who was also convicted of a misdemeanor charge of attempting to molest a 6-year-old girl in 2009 and sentenced to three years probation.
Although it's unclear what length of sentence McNeal is facing, an attorney commenting on the case last year said the drummer had plenty to be worried about." If he’s convicted of ... oral copulation with a child 10 or younger, he faces 15 years to life in prison," said David E. Wohl, an attorney not involved with the case.
In addition to his four years spent drumming with Cake, McNeal has acted as a session drummer for Norah Jones and Mike Doughty. He was arrested in January 2009 but spent the majority of the last several years free after posting $250,000 bail.