Ex Black Label Society Member Guilty of Sexually Harassing Minor
Former Black Label Society guitarist Nick Catanese pleaded guilty this week to charges of sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old female. Catanese, who left Zakk Wylde’s band in 2013, had been working as an instructor at the School of Rock in Castle Shannon, Penn., before the offenses were reported.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 46-year-old musician pleaded guilty to unlawful contact, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children before Allegheny County Common Please Judge Donna Jo McDaniel. The victim had told investigating officers that Catanese, who had been her instructor, sent her pictures of his genitals and requested similar photos in return. He also reportedly described a number of sex acts to her.
Catanese was reported to authorities in April last year after the student told the school’s owner, David Blackrick, about the communications. Blackrick said that Catanese’s employment had already been terminated as a result of a previous incident involving another female student. He was arrested in June 2017. Judge McDaniel then ordered Catanese to serve five years probation and added him to the register of Megan’s Law offenders for a period of 25 years. He was also told to avoid contact with minors and using internet-capable devices.
Catanese spent 17 years as a member of Black Label Society, with Wylde having nicknamed him “The Evil Twin” during his tenure. On his departure in December 2013, he noted that while he enjoyed being part of Wylde’s band, he “was ready for a change” and wanted to “play for me.” He was already working at the School of Rock at the time.