Drake Bell, popularly known for his role in Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh as a teen star, has received 2 years of probation sentence on the charges of child endangerment in Cleveland.
The former star was accused by a girl of sexual assault who had attended his concert when she was 15 years old. The actor had met the girl through an online medium.
Bell pleaded guilty to a child endangerment charge and a misdemeanor charge of spreading substances harmful to juveniles. Cuyahoga County Judge Timothy McCormick has permitted the former star to serve the 200 hours worth of community service as well as his probation in California.
I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong. I’m sorry the victim was harmed. It was not my intention.
The girl stated that bell had begun grooming her at the age of 12, and while she initially felt like she was loved and cared for by Bell, the nature of their relationship quickly devolved as his messages became “blatantly sexual” when she turned 15.
She continued to further accuse Bell of pedophilia by saying that Bell both shared sexual content and engaged in sexual activities with her on several occasions, including the time of the Cleveland concert and in a hotel room. While she called Bell a “pedophile” and a “coward,” Bell’s attorney, Ian Friedman, strongly went against the claims.
Friedman stated that all the other claims being made against the child celebrity were baseless, and that he was only guilty of what he had pleaded to. Drake Bell, also a singer, started his acting career in Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show, but got his ticket to stardom with Drake & Josh.[Via]