Drake Bell, the former children's television star who is facing accusations in Cleveland related to an incident involving a teen girl, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges against him.
In a brief pretrial hearing Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, the 34-year-old Bell (who went by his legal first name of Jared during the proceedings) admitted to both attempting to endanger children (a felony) and disseminating material harmful to juveniles (a misdemeanor). The one-time star of Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show" and "Drake and Josh" was already out on bond and attended the hearing via Zoom.
Police say the incident occurred back in December of 2017, when Bell was performing at the Odeon Concert Club in the east bank of Cleveland's Flats. At the time, Bell was 31 and the alleged victim was 15, and while authorities did not specify what happened at the club, they did claim Bell and the girl knew each other for years and that he sent her appropriate messages in the months leading up to the concert.
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