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Ex-Cake drummer gets 15 years for child molestation

Peter Ivan McNeal, who drummed for the band Cake, Nora Jones and others, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child molestation on Tuesday.Los Angeles Police Department Peter Ivan McNeal, who drummed for the band Cake, Nora Jones and others, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child molestation on Tuesday.

An ex-drummer of the alt-rock band Cake was slapped with 15 years in prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl during a Thanksgiving party five years ago.

Peter McNeal, who drummed for the Sacramento rockers from 2001 to 2004, was handed the 15-to-life sentence in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday and ordered to register as a sex offender for life, The Los Angeles Times reported.

McNeal was originally arrested in 2012 and charged with oral sex on a child under 10. The alleged attack happened around Thanksgiving 2009 at a friend’s home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, Rolling Stone reported. 

He was tried twice, with the first resulting in a hung jury and the second a conviction in March 2013, The Times reported.

The 2012 arrest was the musician’s second bust on child sex offenses; he was also hauled in 2009 for another incident in which he allegedly tried to molest a young girl.

At the time of the 2012 bust, friends said they were shocked to hear that the man they know as a devoted father or two had been accused of preying in children.

“I was devastated to hear of the arrest. There is nothing in my experience of Pete that indicates he’s a monster,” former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, who recorded with McNeal, told Fox News.

“But someone accused of child molestation usually gets labeled as a monster permanently, regardless of what a jury decides.”

Cake, originally a five-some founded by singer John MCrea, blew up in the mid-90s off the strength of their driving, trumpet-embellished hit, “The Distance.”

McNeal replaced drummer Todd Roper in 2001 and appeared on the 2007 LP “B-Sides and Rarities” and the 2011 album “Showroom of Compassion.”

McNeal also served as a session player, most notably with Nora Jones.


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