Drake Bell pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to endanger children and disseminate material harmful to minors on Wednesday, June 23, Us weekly You can confirm.
The 34-year-old former Nickelodeon star was indicted earlier this month in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, after being indicted on May 21. On June 3, he pleaded not guilty to the two charges against him and was released from custody on a $ 2,500 bond.
However, during his pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to attempting to endanger children, which is a fourth degree felony, and to disseminating material harmful to minors, which is a first degree misdemeanor. . If convicted, the singer faces up to 18 months in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday, July 12.
“All questions will be answered at sentencing, including why Bell chose to enter his guilty plea today,” said Ian Friedman, the actor’s attorney. U.S in a sentence.
According to court documents, the alleged event occurred on December 1, 2017, when the Drake and Josh alum was in Cleveland for a performance.
“In October 2018, the 15-year-old minor victim filed a report with the local Canadian police department about an incident that occurred between her and Jared Bell, 34, the previous year at a Cleveland nightclub. on Old River Road in the east of the city. Bank of The Flats, “said Tyler Sinclair, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Attorney’s Office, in a statement earlier this month.
“Canadian authorities contacted the Cleveland Police Division, which conducted a subsequent investigation. That investigation revealed that the victim, who had established a relationship with Bell several years earlier, attended his concert in December 2017. “Sinclair’s statement continued.” While there, Bell violated his duty of care and in doing so created a risk of harm to the victim. The investigation also revealed that months before the concert, Bell sent the victim inappropriate messages. on social media “.
The California native became a star on children’s television when he played Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon show. Drake and Josh, which aired from 2004 to 2007. In 2019, he began releasing music in Spanish under the name Drake Campana. (“Campana” means “bell” in Spanish). He also began spending time in Mexico and appears to have obtained a Mexican ID while in the country.
While some fans theorized that the move was simply an attempt to appeal to his Latin American audience, others speculated that it was designed to distract from the allegations made against him by his ex-girlfriend. Melissa lingafelt. The 31-year-old model claimed in August 2020 that Bell had physically and verbally abused her during their relationship.
“I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many other things that Melissa falsely claimed in her TikTok video,” Bell said in a statement to Variety in response to Lingafelt’s claims. “When our relationship ended, more than a decade ago, unfortunately we both gave each other terrible names, as often happens when couples break up. But that’s it.”
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez