Drake Bell receives 2 years probation on child endangerment charge


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What did Drake Bell pleads guilty to?

The former star of Nickelodeon's 'Drake and Josh' pleaded guilty to attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in June. NBC NewsDrake Bell, former Nickelodeon star, gets probation for child endangerment

What did Drake Bell exactly do?

Jared “Drake” Bell, 35, of West Hollywood, California, pleaded guilty last month via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. ABC NewsDrake Bell receives probation on child endangerment charge

Does Drake Bell have a kid?

Days after he pleaded guilty in June, Bell confirmed he has a son and has been married for almost three years in a tweet written in Spanish, according to People. "I have been married for almost 3 years, and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son," Bell wrote. USA TODAYActor Drake Bell sentenced to probation, community service in child endangerment case

Is Drake Bell going to jail?

He won't serve any jail time, but he will complete two years probation since his sentence was suspended. After that time, the judge said, his sex offender status will be reviewed. WGN-TVDrake Bell of ‘Drake and Josh’ sentenced on charges of crimes against a child

Jared “Drake” Bell, 35, of West Hollywood, pleaded guilty last month via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Cuyahoga County Judge Timothy McCormick is allowing Bell to serve probation and 200 hours of community service in California.

Bell, via Zoom, spoke briefly before sentencing.

“I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” Bell said. “I’m sorry the victim was harmed. It was not my intention.”

The victim, who is 19, spoke at length about the damage Bell has done to her life, saying he began grooming her when she was 12. She said she initially felt loved and protected by him during online chats and that his messages became “blatantly sexual” after she turned 15. She said his remarks made her feel uncomfortable, but she felt trapped because she “idolized” Bell.

The former star of the popular Nickelodeon show ‘Drake & Josh’ pleads guilty to charges relating to an underage girl who met him online.

“I was definitely one of his biggest fans,” said the woman, who allowed her face to appear on Zoom. “I would have done anything for him.”

The woman said she and Bell exchanged explicit photos online and that he engaged in sexual conduct with her on several occasions, including at the concert venue in Cleveland and at a hotel. She also called Bell a “pedophile” and a “coward.”

Bell’s attorney, Ian Friedman, disputed those claims on Monday. He said there were no explicit photos or sexual contact between Bell and the victim and the inappropriate conduct that did occur was reflected in the charges Bell pleaded to last month. Friedman did not detail the inappropriate conduct Bell acknowledged.

Friedman said the victim attended nine of Bell’s concerts after the one in Cleveland. The woman responded by holding up three fingers.

“There is already a greater penalty paid by Mr. Bell that others would not face because of his position,” Friedman said.

Authorities have said the victim contacted Toronto police in October 2018. Toronto authorities then forwarded its findings to Cleveland police, prompting an investigation.

The attempted endangering children charge relates to the concert where Bell “violated his duty of care” and created a risk of harm to the victim, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Tyler Sinclair said previously.

Bell and the girl had “developed a relationship” online several years prior to the concert, Sinclair said. The disseminating harmful material charge concerns Bell having sent the girl “inappropriate social media messages,” Sinclair said.

McCormick, before delivering Bell’s sentence, said he heard “a lot of serious and disturbing allegations” during Monday’s hearing, but added that he “can’t lose focus on what was pled to.”

“The fact of the matter is your position and celebrity status let you nurture this relationship,” McCormick said. “You were able to gain access to this child.”

Bell, also a singer, began acting as a child but was catapulted to stardom as a teen with Nickelodeon’s “The Amanda Show” and later “Drake & Josh,” which debuted on the channel in January 2004. The final episode aired in September 2007. Bell and co-star Josh Peck also starred in two “Drake & Josh” movies.

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