Drake Bell pleads guilty to attempting to endanger a child
Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell pleaded guilty to two counts against him on June 23 People reports. The 34-year-old actor was arrested and charged in Cleveland with attempts to endanger children and disseminate information harmful to minors at the beginning of the month. While he initially pleaded not guilty, he has since accepted a plea deal after declaring he was guilty of both counts in a virtual court appearance on Wednesday.
“I understand a plea deal has been made where the defendant will plead guilty to the count of an attempt to endanger children, a felony in the fourth degree [and] plead guilty to count two: dissemination of information harmful to minors, a first degree misdemeanor, “the judge said at the hearing.” However, if you go to jail, when you are released, you could be subject to a three-year discretionary period. post-release control. Post-release screening may involve restrictions on your activities. If you were to violate these restrictions, you can be returned to prison, [for] up to a maximum of half of your original sentence. ”
The judge then explained the potential penalties attached to each of the charges. Attempting to endanger children is “six to 18 months in prison in monthly installments and / or a fine of up to $ 5,000”, while disseminating information harmful to minors “is punishable by six. months in jail and / or a fine of up to $ 1,000. ” Drake replied that he understood the potential penalties and that if he pleaded guilty it would count as an admission of the crimes. “All questions about this case will be answered at sentencing, including why Mr. Bell chose to enter his plea,” Drake’s attorney, Ian Friedman, said in a statement to People. Its sentencing hearing is currently set for July 12, during which the victim can read a statement if they wish.
According to KXAN, a local affiliate of NBC, the alleged incident occurred on December 1, 2017, which is the same day that a now deleted tweet indicated that Drake was scheduled to perform in Cleveland. KXAN reported that the incident involved Drake sending an inappropriate message to a 15-year-old girl. His arrest on June 4, 2021 came almost a year after ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt accused the actor of physical and verbal abuse, allegations he had previously denied.