Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell gets 2 years of probation after pleading guilty to child endangerment


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What was Drake Bell sentence?

CLEVELAND — Drake Bell, the former star of the popular Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh,” was sentenced in Cleveland on Monday to two years' probation on child endangerment charges relating to a girl who met him online and accused him of sexual contact after she attended his concert when she was 15. USA TODAYActor Drake Bell sentenced to probation, community service in child endangerment case

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

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

The Cuyahoga County judge also ordered Bell, whose real name is Jared Drake Bell, to complete 200 hours of community service and have no contact with the victim, according to the Cuyahoga County court. 

In a Zoom statement before the sentencing, Bell offered an apology.

"I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong," Bell said, according to an Associated Press report. "I'm sorry the victim was harmed. It was not my intention."

The charges stemmed from a 2017 incident relating to a then-15-year-old girl who attended one of Bell's concerts in Cleveland, as Insider previously reported.

The victim filed a complaint with Canadian police in 2018, prompting an investigation in Ohio, a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office previously said.

During the sentencing, the victim said Bell began "grooming" her when she was 12, eventually sending her sexually explicit messages once she turned 15. 

The victim, who's now 19, said she was one of the "Drake & Josh" star's "biggest fans." 

"I would have done anything for him," the victim said via Zoom, later calling Bell a "pedophile" and a "coward." 

Bell is best known for his role on Nickelodeon's comedy "Drake & Josh," opposite costars Josh Peck and Miranda Cosgrove. His first major role was on "The Amanda Show" in the late '90s, and Bell later guest-starred in several other Nickelodeon shows like "iCarly" and "Zoey 101." 

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story cited an incorrect report about Bell's sex offender status. Bell is not required to register as a sex offender.

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