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Drake Bell CONFIRMS he is married and has a baby boy… after pleading guilty to child endangerment


Drake Bell confirmed he has been secretly married to Janet Von Schmeling, who is the mother of his baby boy, over social media on June 29.    

The 35-year-old actor revealed in a tweet, translated from Spanish, that he has ‘been married for almost three years’ and that they ‘are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son.’ 

‘Thank you very much to all my fans around the world for your good wishes,’ he added after he was seen with his wife and child at Disneyland. 

Married man: Drake Bell confirmed he has been married to Janet Von Schmeling, who he quietly welcomed a baby boy just a few months ago. They’re seen in 2017 above

The announcement comes just one week after the former star of popular Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh was seen stepping out with matching wedding bands with his wife in Anaheim, California.

The duo, who have been romantically linked since 2014, looked like doting parents to their infant as they took turns pushing him in a stroller. 

In mid-June, the actor – who is from West Hollywood, California – pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. 

First-time parents: The couple sparked marriage and baby rumors as they stepped out last month with their little one and matching weddings bands; seen in June

First-time parents: The couple sparked marriage and baby rumors as they stepped out last month with their little one and matching weddings bands; seen in June

'I have been married for almost 3 years, and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son. Thank you very much to all my fans around the world for your good wishes,' he tweeted last week

‘I have been married for almost 3 years, and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son. Thank you very much to all my fans around the world for your good wishes,’ he tweeted last week  

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12 in Cleveland.

Last month, defense attorney Ian Friedman said that he could not comment on the case but said it will be revealed at sentencing ‘why Mr. Bell chose to enter today’s plea.’

Bell had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month, but accepted a plea deal before the virtual court appearance.

Baby boy: The announcement comes just one week after the former star of popular Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh was seen stepping out with a wedding band with his wife and son at Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Baby boy: The announcement comes just one week after the former star of popular Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh was seen stepping out with a wedding band with his wife and son at Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Longtime love: The duo, who have been romantically linked since 2014, looked like doting parents to their baby boy as they took turns pushing him in a stroller

Longtime love: The duo, who have been romantically linked since 2014, looked like doting parents to their baby boy as they took turns pushing him in a stroller

‘My understanding is there’s been a plea agreement reached where the defendant will plead guilty to count one attempted endangering children, a felony in the fourth degree [and] plead guilty to count two: disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanor the first degree,’ the judge stated.

PEOPLE reported that the judge informed Bell that ‘attempted endangering children carries a sentence of anywhere from six to 18 months in prison in monthly increments and/or a fine of up to $5,000, though prison time is not mandatory. The second charge carries up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

‘However, if you go to prison, upon your release, you could be subjected to a discretionary period of three years post-release control. Post-release control could involve restrictions on your activities,’ the judge said. ‘If you were to violate those restrictions, you can be returned to prison, [for] up to a maximum of one half of your original sentence.’ 

Legal issues: In mid-June, the actor - who is from West Hollywood, California - pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles

Legal issues: In mid-June, the actor – who is from West Hollywood, California – pleaded guilty via Zoom to felony attempted child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles

'My understanding is there's been a plea agreement reached where the defendant will plead guilty to count one attempted endangering children, a felony in the fourth degree [and] plead guilty to count two: disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanor the first degree,' the judge stated

‘My understanding is there’s been a plea agreement reached where the defendant will plead guilty to count one attempted endangering children, a felony in the fourth degree [and] plead guilty to count two: disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanor the first degree,’ the judge stated

‘Do you understand the potential penalties?’ he asked Bell, who responded, ‘I do, Your Honor. Yes.’

‘Do you understand if you plead guilty that is an admission by you that you did these crimes?’ the judge followed up, to which Bell again said, ‘Yes, Your Honor.’

Tyler Sinclair, a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, said at the time that the girl contacted Toronto police in October 2018. Toronto authorities then contacted Cleveland police, prompting an investigation.

The attempted endangering children charge relates to the concert, Sinclair said, where Bell ‘violated his duty of care’ and created a risk of harm to the victim. Sinclair didn´t elaborate further.

This June 3, 2021 photo provided by Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Office shows Jared Bell. Bell is charged with attempted endangering children and a misdemeanor child pornography charge involving a 15-year-old girl, according to court records. (Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Office via AP)

This June 3, 2021 photo provided by Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Office shows Jared Bell. Bell is charged with attempted endangering children and a misdemeanor child pornography charge involving a 15-year-old girl, according to court records. (Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Office via AP)

Bell and the girl had ‘developed a relationship’ online several years prior to the concert, Sinclair said. The disseminating harmful material charge concerns Bell having sent the girl ‘inappropriate social media messages,’ Sinclair said. 

The former child star has run into trouble with the law before, after being sentenced to four days jail time in 2015 for driving while intoxicated, which was his second DUI conviction in a six-year time period. 

Bell, also a singer, began acting as a child, but was catapulted to stardom as a teen with Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show and later Drake & Josh, which debuted on the channel in January 2004. 

The final episode aired in September 2007. Bell and co-star Josh Beck also starred in two Drake & Josh movies.

In addition to his acting career, Bell is a musician and formed a band named Drake 24/7, and has released several albums to middling success. 

In 2006, he reached No. 81 on the Billboard 200 with his second album, It’s Only Time, selling 23,000 copies in the first week.

In the past: The former child star has run into trouble with the law before, after being sentenced to four days jail time in 2015 for driving while intoxicated, which was his second DUI conviction in a six-year time period (seen in 2019)

In the past: The former child star has run into trouble with the law before, after being sentenced to four days jail time in 2015 for driving while intoxicated, which was his second DUI conviction in a six-year time period (seen in 2019)



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