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Cake Drummer's Wife

I Trust Him with Our Kids

He's No Molester

6/24/2012 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Peter McNeal mug shot
The drummer for the band Cake -- who recently stood trial for child molestation -- is getting some serious support from his soon-to-be ex-wife ... who claims she trusts the guy around their young kids.

As we previously reported, Peter McNeal was accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving dinner back in 2009. A judge declared a mistrial last month after a jury was deadlocked 11-1 against McNeal.

It's possible McNeal will be retried on the molestation charges.

Now, his estranged wife Jill has filed new court docs in their ongoing divorce ... hoping she and Peter can share joint physical and legal custody of their two children, ages 10 and 8.  Lisa had originally asked for sole physical custody, but apparently, she's had a change of heart.

Lisa's lawyer tells TMZ ... Lisa has "no problems or concerns" about Peter and doesn't believe he is guilty of the molestation charges. "She is perfectly fine having joint custody with him."

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1.

bunny    

Just like Sandusky's very own family thought they were safe around him too.

770 days ago
2.

Boop    

She's an idiot. Why would you you want to risk it? Just another example of what's wrong with the world today.

769 days ago
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123    

I thought her name is jill, then it changed to lisa? If she can't decide what her name is, how can she determine if her kids will be safe around a suspected molester.

769 days ago
4.

Becky    

Im wondering what the case looked like. How did they know if he molested the child? Did the 3 year old say something to cause suspicion? Did she have a rash on her privates? Did they walk in on it? Its hard to form an opinion when I dont know any of the facts. I do know, however, its very possible to be wrongly convicted of a sex crime.

769 days ago
5.

marymac    

Can never trust a pedophile. Why would she sacrifice her kids to a monster unless there was a monetary consideration - is she broke & he supports her? :(

769 days ago
6.

SMASHED    

IF someone brought false allegations against him, they need to be put in jail, 25 to life. You just don't accuse someone of something this serious without proof. I call BS on this story.

769 days ago
7.

Kari    

ALL ANY OF US CAN THINK OF WITH THIS STORY IS THE PATHETIC, BLIND, STUPID DOTTY SANDUSKY. DONT TAKE A CHANCE WHERE CHILDREN ARE CONCERNED, LADY.

769 days ago
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peachpie    

She is weak and an embarrassment to women everywhere. If dottie was put on trial, i'll bet this idiot would back off.

769 days ago
9.

Cj    

He's been arrested more than once for this people! He was also arrested in 2009!!!!

769 days ago
10.

Cj    

She has a responsibility to protect her kids!!! If there is even a question (and oviously there is considering they tried him) she should NEVER allow her kids to be around him again! If in fact something has/does occur with her children, she should be charged right along with him! What a stupid woman!

769 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

EX-drummer since 2004. It's only been eight years since then... Ace reporting as always! Did you hear that John Kerry is running for president, Harvey?

768 days ago
12.

Andrew    

Two things:

1) "The drummer for the band Cake." Paulo Baldi is the drummer for Cake (and has been for eight years), and seeing as how he's NOT under investigation for child molestation, that sentence could be construed as libelous.

2) First his ex-wife's name is Jill and then it's Lisa for the rest of the article. Which is it?

Five short paragraphs, and two major factual errors/inconsistencies. Do you people even have an editor? or are you all too busy sniffing through Charlie Sheen's trash?

I only ever come to TMZ through a link on a more reputable site, and it doesn't take long for me to remember why I've never typed "www.tmz.com" into my address bar.

747 days ago
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UGH    

Ok people, 1- this is a horrifically, terribly written article. His wife's name is Jill people, NOT Lisa!! And yes, he has not been the drummer in Cake for several years. He has since played with several other bands. And 2- this article does not contain 98% of the details behind this trial. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The mere mention of this crime and everyone automatically sees this man as a monster. Why doesn't anyone look at the details such as the girl was unable to identify him, the prosecutors "key witness" never saw or heard anything, the girl said he was dark skinned an possibly black (which clearly we can all see that Pete is by no means black), she said that the man went on a hike with her family and Pete never went on the hike, or she said that he was wearing a hat, which he was not. Before anyone judges Pete or Jill, perhaps you should know even some of the details, and not just what you read in this pathetic excuse for an article. How can you possibly judge someone you have never met or have even seen? Anyone can accuse anyone of a crime in this country. If I were to accuse any of you of a crime does the automatically make you a monster? Bottom line, TMZ NEEDS an editor, and people should not jump to conclusions on a subject they know nothing about!

568 days ago

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