Drake Bell sentenced to probation for sexual texts with a minor
The sentence was bied far after a prolonged declaration from Bell’s victim, who appeared in court through videoconference. (CNN does not normally determine victims of sex criminal offenses.) The female, now 19, stated she was 15 at the time she exchanged texts of a sexual nature with Bell, whom she had actually fulfilled through her auntie at the age of 12.
“He was a hero to me,” she stated.
The female likewise stated in her declaration that Bell had actually sexually attacked her on 2 celebrations, accusations he rejected through his lawyer.
“Every night I dread going to sleep because I don’t want to see him in my nightmares,” she stated.
“He was such a huge part of my childhood, and in return he ruined my life,” she stated, calling him a “pedophile.”
Bell’s lawyer, Ian Friedman, acknowledged that the set participated in text of a sexual nature, however rejected that any attack occurred.
“His conduct was not correct, it was not proper,” Friedman stated. “But I have to be very clear. What the victim is claiming to have occured here — not only am I saying that it did not happen, not only would Mr. Bell say that that did not happen, but the evidence in this case would suggest that it did not happen.”
“We all know that this prosecutor’s office would pursue child sex charges and go to great lengths, aggressively as they should, and we’ve seen it many times,” Friedman stated. “If they felt that that was a provable case, I’m sure we would not be talking here today about an ‘attempted child endangerment’ (charge) and a ‘disseminating matter harmful to a minor.'”
“I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong,” Bell stated, likewise signing up with the court by videoconference. “I’m sorry that the victim was harmed in any way but that was obviously not my intention.”
Throughout his short declaration, his unknown victim might be seen weeping.
Bell’s probation is to be moved to California where he lives. A court there will hold a hearing to evaluate his sexual wrongdoer status.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.