Dec 4, 2014 9:21 PM

Ex-member of band Cake to appeal molest conviction

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) The former drummer of the alternative rock band Cake maintains his innocence, and his attorney has filed a notice of appeal after he was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for molesting a 3-year-old girl during a Thanksgiving party five years ago.

Relatives of 48-year-old Peter Ivan McNeal said in a statement released Thursday that they stand with him and called his conviction a "gross failure of justice."

In 2013, jurors found McNeal guilty of oral copulation of a child under 10. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors said McNeal molested the girl at a Thanksgiving party in Laurel Canyon, where he was a guest.

Cake, which formed in Sacramento, rose to fame with its 1996 hit "The Distance." McNeal was in the band from 2001 to 2005.


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