Former Nickelodeon star and singer Drake Bell has accepted to charges of endangering a young child during a 2017 incident involving a 15-year-old girl.
Bell, 34, pleaded guilty on Wednesday throughout a Cleveland pretrial, News5 Cleveland reports.
Cleveland Police say that Bell fostered rapport using the girl many years prior to the 2017 Cleveland concert, delivering her inappropriate texts for several weeks prior to the event. Then, in the concert, prosecutors state that Bell — then 31 years of age — had “violated his duty of care and, by doing this, produced a danger of injury towards the victim,” local station WJW reported.
The teenager filed a police report in Canada, where she resided, in 2018. Cleveland police later launched the analysis in to the allegations.
Bell, who resides in West Hollywood, California had initially pleaded not liable, but on Wednesday he altered his plea to confess attempted endangering of a kid, a 4th-degree legal, and also to disseminating matter dangerous to juveniles, an initial-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested earlier this year and released on bond.
“My understanding is there is a plea agreement arrived at in which the defendant will plead guilty to count one attempted endangering children, a legal within the 4th degree [and] plead guilty to count two: disseminating matter dangerous to juveniles, a misdemeanor the very first degree,” the judge mentioned in the court now.
The attempted endangering children charge has a sentence as high as 18 several weeks imprisonment.
Bell, born Jared Bell, appeared in Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh,” which ran from 2004 to 2007. Following a show’s conclusion, Bell has ongoing acting and voice-over work and that he has released several albums. His ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt accused him this past year to be verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship. He denied the claims.
Bell’s lawyer Ian Friedman told Archiweekend.com on Wednesday that “all questions is going to be clarified at sentencing, including why Mr. Bell made a decision to enter today’s plea.”
The disgraced star is expected to become sentenced on This summer 12.
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