Drake Bell Only Gets Probation For Sexually Abusing Minor

According to Deadline,

“Actor Drake Bell, called a “monster” today by the victim in a 2017 Ohio child endangerment case, was given two years of probation and a suspended one-year jail sentence in a Cleveland courtroom today following the actor’s guilty pleas last month to counts of attempted child endangering and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Bell appeared for the sentencing via Zoom today in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom with Judge Timothy McCormick. The charges carried a possible prison term of up to two years, though prison was not mandatory.

“Don’t look at me like that!,” the victim said in a raised voice when Bell widened his eyes and shook his head in reaction to her account of backstage oral sex when she was 15 years old.

“I idolized and looked up to him,” the victim said, at another point saying, “He was calculating, he preyed on me and he sexually abused me. He is a monster and a danger to children…And he can give me that look all he wants but he knows exactly what I’m talking about. My suffering is not for him to brag about or use as leverage about how he’s become a good person now that he’s a father.”

Bell spoke briefly on advice from his attorney, due to potential civil litigation. “I just want to say today I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” the actor said, adding, “I have taken this matter very, very seriously,” and that he had not intended to cause harm. “I just want to apologize to her and anyone else who may have been affected by my actions.”

Bell’s attorney said the victim’s impact statement included serious allegations that the actor had not been charged with nor been the counts to which Bell pleaded guilty. The judge said his sentencing was based solely on the two counts of the guilty plea agreement: one count of attempted child endangering (a 4th-degree felony), to which Bell was sentenced to one year, and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles (a 1st-degree misdemeanor), to which Bell was given a six-month sentence. The sentence were to run concurrently.”

So sad how these situations are taken so lightly. He should be getting charged with much more.