Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Sentenced to 2 years Probation

Drake BellPhoto: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

Cleveland , OH - Former Nickelodeon actor, Drake Bell, was sentenced to two years probation today on multiple charges for crimes against a child. Last month, Bell pleaded guilty to attempted endangerment of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCormick also sentenced Bell to 200 hours of community service, which he can serve in California, and ordered that he has no contact with the victim.

During the hearing, Bell's victim, who's now 19, said he had been grooming her from the age of 12 before allegedly sexually abusing her multiple times when she was 15-years-old. She said the first incident happened when she attended Bell's 2017 concert in Cleveland and again the next day when she went to his hotel. At the end of her statement, she said, "Jared Drake Bell is a pedophile and that is his legacy."

Bell made his own statement during the hearing saying, " I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong. I'm sorry that the victim was harmed in any way, but that was obviously not my intention." I apologize to the victim and to anyone else he may have affected by his actions," he said.

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