Former Cake drummer receives jail sentence for child abuse

Peter McNeal will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life

Peter McNeal, who served as the drummer in Cake from 2001 to 2004, has been sentenced to 15 years to life for child abuse.

He was arrested in Los Angeles in January 2012 and then appeared in court to hear the charge of “oral copulation and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 10” regarding an incident which took place at a home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles on Thanksgiving 2009. McNeal was previously arrested on a charge of attempted molestation in 2009.

Rolling Stone reports that McNeal’s first trial ended in a mistrial, but the second saw a guilty charge. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner has also stated that McNeal will have to register as a sex offender for life.

McNeal had worked a session drummer for the likes of Norah Jones since leaving Cake, after joining the band when founding member Todd Roper left. California rock band Cake formed in 1991 and released their sixth studio album, ‘Showroom Of Compassion’, in 2011. They are best known in the UK for their 2001 single ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’.