'He Preyed on Me': Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Avoids Jails Time in Child Endangerment Case

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Last month, Drake Bell, afloat sanction Jared Drake Bell, pleaded blameworthy to attempted endangerment of a kid - a fourth-degree felony - and the dissemination of substance harmful to juveniles - a first-degree misdemeanor. Prosecutors said that Bell, who was connected circuit astatine the clip of the incident, created a hazard of harm by letting a insignificant be his concert.

On Monday, Judge Timothy McCormick of Ohio's Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court sentenced Bell, to 2 years of probation and 200 hours of assemblage work arsenic portion of a plea woody implicit kid endangerment charges relating to an incidental successful December 2017. 

During Bell's sentencing, McCormick declared that the 35-year-old "did instrumentality advantage" of the then-15-year-old victim. 

"You were capable to summation entree to this kid and you were capable to summation the spot of the child," the justice asserted, as reported by People. "So it's a two-edged sword, your position. I anticipation you genuinely are remorseful, I don't cognize [if you are]." 

"Today I judge this plea due to the fact that my behaviour was wrong. I’m atrocious that the unfortunate was harmed successful immoderate mode — that was evidently not my intention," the 35-year-old said successful a statement. "I person taken this substance very, precise seriously, and again I conscionable privation to apologize to her and anyone other who whitethorn person been affected by my actions." 

Ian Friedman, Bell's attorney, besides emphasized via connection that, contempt the charges his lawsuit pleaded blameworthy to, "sexual registration was not imposed." Instead of denying the victim's claims, Friedman said that her allegations lacked "supporting evidence."  

However, grounds provided by the victim, who is present 19 years old, told a darker communicative of Bell, whom she said is the "epitome of evil." 

"He was calculating. He preyed connected maine and sexually abused me," she told the tribunal successful a pre-written connection via Zoom, noting that helium sent her pictures of his genitalia. "He is simply a monster and a information to children." 

She besides labeled the 35-year-old a "coward" for opting to virtually be court, alternatively than appearing successful person. 

"Jared Drake Bell is simply a pedophile and that is his legacy," she asserted.

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