Ex-Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Gets 15 Years to Life for Molesting Toddler

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Peter Ivan McNeal, a former drummer with the alternative rock band Cake, has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in state prison for molesting a three-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving 2009 party.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner sentenced McNeal, the L.A Times reports, and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life. 

After a first trial for child molestation was declared a mistrial, a jury found McNeal guilty in March 2013 of one count of oral copulation of a child 10-years-old or younger, Drum Magazine reported at the time.

McNeal has previously been charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to three years probation following a separate incident in which he was found to have attempted molestation of a six-year-old while volunteering at an L.A. school.

Cake formed in the Sacramento-area back in 1992 and enjoyed an international hit in 1996 with "The Distance," lifted from the band’s second album, Fashion Nugget. Pete McNeal joined in 2001, replacing drummer Todd Roper, and was out by 2004. McNeal has also worked with such artists as Norah Jones, Mike Doughty and Brett Dennen.