After his first trial for child molestation was declared a mistrial, former Norah Jones and Cake drummer Peter Ivan McNeal was found guilty of one felony count of oral copulation and sexual penetration with a three-year-old during his retrial in Los Angeles last Monday.
The case was based on an incident that took place in the L.A. neighborhood of Laurel Canyon during a Thanksgiving celebration in 2009.
This wasn’t McNeal’s only known incident of child molestation – he had been previously been charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to three years probation after being found guilty of a an attempted molestation of a six-year-old while volunteering at a Los Angeles school. That episode took place only two weeks after the Thanksgiving molestation.
McNeal was taken into custody following his conviction and is being held without bail. Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.
Please see below for our original report from February 2012.
Today TMZ reported that alternative rock drummer Pete McNeal, 45, was arrested and charged last month in Los Angeles with child sex abuse, and released on $250,000 bail. At a preliminary hearing last Friday, McNeal faced a single felony count for oral copulation and sexual penetration with a child under the age of ten.
As a drummer, McNeal has built an impressive résumé that includes work with Cake from 2001 to 2004, stints with such artists as Mike Doughty and Brett Dennen, as well as recording credit on Norah Jones’ 2009 hit album The Fall.
The Los Angeles Police Department believes that McNeal may have sexually assaulted other victims and released a statement asking for the public to come forward with information related to other possible cases. McNeal was arrested in 2009 in another incident involving attempted molestation of a young girl. The status of that case is presently unknown.
If convicted of having sexual intercourse with a child under ten, McNeal could face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Arraignment is set for February 10.