According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nicholas Catanese pleaded guilty Tuesday (January 16) to sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old female.
The 46-year-old musician, who was known as "The Evil Twin" because of his amazing shredding skills (a nickname that Zakk Wylde himself bestowed on the guitarist years ago), also solicited sex acts from the teenager, according to the criminal complaint.
Catanese pleaded guilty to unlawful contact, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.
He was ordered by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel to serve five years of probation, register for 25 years as a Megan's Law offender, avoid contact with minors and have no access to Internet-capable computers.
Catanese was an instructor at the School Of Rock in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania when he began messaging the teenager via Instagram. The student told police that Catanese sent her pictures of his genitals and asked her for nude images in return.
Police said that Catanese also requested sex acts with the girl, and described what he wanted to do.
Catanese admitted to the messages and videos when interviewed by police. He was arrested on June 15, court records show.
The police were alerted to the allegations by the music school's owner, David Blackrick.
Catanese left BLACK LABEL SOCIETY in December 2013 after playing with the group for 17 years. At the time, his manager told RockRevolt Magazine that Nick exited the group because he wanted "to do his own thing and that's really difficult to do around BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's schedule." He added that there was "no animosity or hard feelings at all."