Drake Bell pleads responsible to an incident from 2017 involving a 15-year-old woman
Drake Bell, greatest referred to as the Drake in Drake and Josh, the wildly widespread mid-aughts Nickelodeon present, has simply pled responsible to disturbing crimes involving a 15-year-old woman. The crimes occurred again in 2017, and Bell was not too long ago arrested on the fees earlier this month in Cleveland, Ohio.
Per native NBC affiliate KXAN, Bell, 34, is charged with tried endangering youngsters, a 4th-degree felony; and disseminating matter dangerous to juveniles, a 1st-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested earlier this month and pled not responsible, nonetheless on June 23, 2021, he appeared again in court docket by way of Zoom and ended up pleading responsible to each crimes.
According to ABC News 5 Cleveland, “in October 2018, a 15-year-old victim filed a report with her local police department in Canada regarding an incident that occurred between her and Bell in 2017 at a Cleveland nightclub…”
The younger woman claims that Bell had established a social media relationship together with her for a number of years earlier than the 2017 incident and among the many messages he despatched her over time, some have been sexually inappropriate in nature. After a number of years of conversations, the 15-year-old woman attended his live performance in December 2017 in Cleveland. It’s unclear what occurred subsequent, however the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned that Bell “violated his duty of care, and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim.”
By manner of clarification, Bell’s legal professional Ian Friedman informed People that “all questions about this case will be answered at sentencing, including why Mr. Bell chose to enter his plea.” Sentencing is ready for July 12, 2021.
The decide at Wednesday’s pre-trial listening to informed Bell that tried endangering youngsters carries a sentence of anyplace from six to 18 months in jail and/or a effective of as much as $5,000, although jail time is just not necessary. The second cost carries as much as six months in jail and/or a effective of as much as $1,000.
His arrest comes virtually a yr after Bell’s ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt, accused him of bodily and verbal abuse after they dated in 2006. She was 16 and he was 20 on the time. She didn’t press costs and he denied the allegations, although Lingafelt added that she “knows for a fact he has hundreds of victims.”
Late final yr, Bell reportedly modified his title to Drake Campana, moved to Mexico, and launched a Spanish-language album.
Drake Bell actually acquired uncovered as an abuser then packed it up and fled to Mexico and began a music profession over there and solely posts in Spanish now. What within the Lifetime?
— Amber 🖤🥀 (@amberpunkrose) November 19, 2020
Some on-line discovered the sudden profession change weird, and lots of questioned if it had something to do with the abuse allegations levied towards him.
The entire factor is gloomy and disturbing and an all too cautionary story of simply how simple it’s for predators to succeed in out to younger children via social media.