Los Angeles (USA), Jul 12 (EFE) .- The actor and musician Drake Bell, who became known internationally with the series “Drake & Josh” (2004-2007), was sentenced to two years parole after pleading guilty to two crimes against minors.
The interpreter was tried for endangering a minor (“child endangerment” in the US code) and disseminating harmful material to minors, crimes for which he will have to provide 200 hours of community service and his name will be part of the criminal registry sexual.
“Today I accept this sentence because my conduct was incorrect. I regret that the victim was injured in any way, obviously that was not my intention, “said Bell in a statement released by his lawyer.
The exact details of what happened between the actor and the victim are unknown.
According to documents published by the Police, the victim was 15 years old when, in 2018, he filed a complaint in Canada against Bell for an incident that occurred in December 2017 during a concert in Ohio. Following that complaint, Canadian authorities contacted the Cleveland Police.
Apparently, in the months leading up to the show, “the musician had inappropriate conversations with the victim that, at times, were sexual in nature” and sent inappropriate graphic material, official writings point out.
According to the report, the complainant attended the concert and there “Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim.”
Bell was already convicted in 2015 of driving under the influence of alcohol and, last summer, his ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt accused him on social networks of physical and sexual abuse during the years of relationship they shared between 2006 and 2008, allegations that the actor denied sharply.
Thanks to the series “Drake & Josh” and “The Amanda Show”, Bell became very popular in Latin America. In fact, the artist calls himself Drake Campana on his social networks and has published bilingual songs like “Slow Fire” and “Diosa”.