Drake Bell has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges during a hearing on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021.
The former Nickelodeon star, who portrayed Drake on the teen series Drake & Josh, has been charged with attempted child endangerment and faces up to two years in prison, NBC News has reported.
Who is Drake Bell?
Drake is a 34-year-old actor, singer and songwriter who rose to fame for starring in Nickelodeon shows.
He was on The Amanda Show from 1999 to 2002 and starred as himself on Drake & Josh between 2004 and 2007.
In addition to acting, Drake also pursued a music career. In 2005, he released his debut album ‘Telegraph’.
His second one, ‘It’s Only Time’, was released in 2006 and in 2014, he dropped his third one, called ‘Ready Steady Go!’.
Drake Bell pleads guilty to two charges
Bell, 34, pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles during a Zoom hearing on Wednesday, June 23rd.
As reported by NBC affiliate KXAN, the charges refer to an alleged incident which apparently involved Bell sending “inappropriate social media messages” to a 15-year-old girl.
According to a report by PEOPLE, the judge said during the virtual hearing: “My understanding is there’s been a plea agreement reached where the defendant will plead guilty to count one attempted endangering children, a felony in the fourth degree [and] plead guilty to count two: disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanour the first degree.”
The judge told the actor that he if he goes to prison, his activities could be restricted for up to three years upon his release.
The news comes after Bell initially pleaded not guilty earlier in June but has since agreed to a plea deal.
More about the case
During the Zoom hearing, the judge explained that an attempted child endangerment carries a sentence between six and 18 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. The second charge carries a sentence of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
The sentencing hearing is due to take place on Monday, July 12th, 2021.