Drake Bell sentenced to 2 years probation after pleading guilty to endangering a minor

After pleading guilty to endangering a minor last month, Drake Bell he has now been sentenced to two years of probation. The charges were brought against Bell because of his contact with a fifteen-year-old girl who attended one of his concerts in Cleveland. The judge also ordered Drake Bell 200 hours of community service. You must now register as a sex offender and are not allowed to have any contact with the victim in the case.

Drake Bell, star of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, appeared at a pretrial hearing via Zoom last June, where he pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to endanger children, as well as a misdemeanor. for spreading material harmful to minors. The star found himself facing a total of 24 months in prison and a $ 6,000 fine between the two offenses. Drake Bell is considering three years of “post-launch control.” Bell had this to say about his guilty plea.

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“Today I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong. I am sorry that the victim was hurt in any way, that was obviously not my intention. I have taken this matter very, very seriously, and again I just want to apologize to her and any another person who may have been affected by my actions. “

Bell began his career in the 1990s, with his first acting role at the age of five in Home improvement. He is best known for his Nickelodeon shows, The Amanda Show Y Drake and Josh, as well as being the voice of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the The last Spiderman Disney XD animated series. In addition to acting, he has also ventured into a musical career, performing Drake and Josh title track, as well as releasing three albums, the last of which was Ready, Set, Go! in 2014, it ranked 182 on the Billboard 200.

The criminal charges brought against Bell relate to an incident in 2017, which occurred between Bell, who was 31 years old at the time, and a 15-year-old girl on a day that Bell was on the roster to perform at The Odeon club in Cleveland. The couple are said to have met at the club that day, although police have not released details of what exactly is said to have happened, other than that the meeting is the result of an ongoing communication from the couple via social media. that were sometimes “sexual in nature.”

Bell was arrested June 3 by Cleveland police. He initially pleaded not guilty in county court and was released on $ 2,500 bond, and ordered to have no contact with the victim. Since that hearing, Bell accepted a plea deal at his previous court appearance, leading to today’s sentencing.

The judge in the case said: “I understand that a plea deal has been reached in which the defendant will plead guilty to counting an attempt to endanger children, a fourth degree felony.” [and] Pleading guilty to charge two: spreading material harmful to minors, lack of first degree. “

The star was then informed of his possible sentences, and the judge continued: “However, if you go to prison, after your release, you could be subject to a discretionary three-year post-release monitoring period. post-release could involve restrictions on their activities, “the judge said. “If you violate those restrictions, you can go back to prison, [for] up to a maximum of half the original sentence. “

The actor was asked if he understood the charges and possible penalties, to which he answered yes. His sentencing occurred today, July 12, which included his victim reading his victim statement. The woman, who is now 19, had this to say about her contact with Drake Bell.

“The pain that the accused has caused me is indescribable and is getting worse every day,” said the woman, now 19 years old. “Being used by someone who meant the world to me has made me feel more hurt than ever.”

The woman called Drake Bell a pedophile and accused the singer-actor of sending her X-rated photos and having inappropriate sexual contact on two separate occasions. Drake Bell’s attorney denied all of these allegations. Investigators said Bell had sent the teen “inappropriate messages on social media.”

Topics: Sexual misconduct


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