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Drake Bell sentenced to two years probation on child endangerment charges

Former Drake and Josh star Drake Bell has been sentenced to two years probation on child endangerment charges.

Bell pleaded guilty to the charges which were relating to accusations of sexual contact with a girl who was 15 years old at the time.

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The 35-year-old also admitted a misdemeanour charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

As well as the two-year probation, Bell will be serving 200 hours of community service.

The victim, who is 19 years old now, spoke about how Bell groomed her from the age of 12 years old and stated that his messages became “blatantly sexual” once she turned 15.

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Speaking about the damage that Bell has done to her life, she added that they exchanged explicit photos online and that he engaged in sexual conduct with her on several occasions.

Before sentencing, Bell stated, “I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” while adding, “I’m sorry the victim was harmed. It was not my intention.”

In regards to the explicit photos, Bells lawyer Ian Friedman stated that there were no photos of that nature being exchanged between them and that the inappropriate conduct that did occur was reflected in the charges that Bell pleaded guilty to last month.

Judge Timothy McCormick stated, “The fact of the matter is your position and celebrity status let you nurture this relationship,” while adding, “You were able to gain access to this child.”

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