Drake Bell Pleads Guilty to Attempted Child Endangerment, Faces Multiple Years in Prison

by Megan Molseed

Actor Drake Bell, who is best known for playing “Drake Parker” on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh,” pleaded guilty to “attempted endangering of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles” Wednesday morning. 

According to PopCulture, the actor could face up to two years in prison for these charges. 

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place in 2017. The actor has been accused of having a “sexually explicit chat with a 15-year-old fan before a performance.” According to reports, the incident took place in Cleveland.

Drake Bell Accepts A Plea Deal

PopCulture reports the former Nickelodeon star had originally entered a plea of not guilty. Local ABC News affiliate News 5 live-streamed the Wednesday, June 23 hearing. PopCulture reported that the judge accepted the plea deal during the hearing. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12.

Drake Bell Could Face Over One-Year In Prison

The 34-year-old actor was present via stream during the Wednesday hearing. The actor was asked to verbally acknowledge all this information during the hearing. 

“The judge emphasized: “Do you understand if you plead guilty that is an admission by you that you did these crimes?” to which Bell answered: “Yes, Your Honor,” PopCulture reported.

According to reports, the first charge carries with it a sentence of up to one-and-a-half years in prison. Additionally, the charge could also include a fine of up to $5,000. Bell could also be facing an additional six months in prison; as well as a fine of up to $1,000 for the second charge. 

The outlet noted that a prison sentence is not mandatory for either of these counts. As a result, Bell may remain under some form of probation or supervision for up to three years after he leaves prison, should he receive time behind bars. Bell will be sentenced on July 12, during the sentencing hearing.

Bell Faced Domestic Abuse Allegations In 2020

This isn’t the first time that the actor has found himself in hot water. Bell’s former girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt recently took to the popular social media site, TikTok to accuse Bell of verbal and physical abuse. The actor has denied the allegations.