P.M. Dawn Singer Arrested On Sex Charges

Just a week before P.M. Dawn's Jesus Wept album is due for release,

and as their single, "Downtown Venus," is charging up Billboard's

charts after debuting at #53, the band was faced with some shattering news.

P.M. Dawn vocalist Jarett Cordes was arrested Tuesday, September 19 on

charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old relative. (Does this make Cordes

the Jerry Lee Lewis of hip-hop?) Steve Raymond, Burlington County, N.J.

prosecutor, told the press that the 24-year-old rapper had been charged with

"aggravated sexual assault and child abuse."

Island Records, the label that P.M. Dawn record for, issued a press release

today saying that they "had been made aware that Jarett Cordes has been

arrested on a complaint alleging that he had consensual sex with a minor who

is his cousin." The release also stated that "although there has been a

complaint no grand jury has returned an indictment." Island Records also

wanted to make it very clear that Prince Be, Cordes brother and

producer/songwriter/vocalist for P.M. Dawn, was in no way involved or

implicated in the incident which resulted in Jarrett's arrest.

Cordes was released on $10,000 bond, and if convicted could face a maximum

prison sentence of twenty years.