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Drake and Josh star Drake Bell laughs off missing person report: 'This is what happens when you leave your phone in a car'
14 April 2023, 11:26
Drake and Josh star Drake Bell has joked about being labelled a missing and endangered person by Florida police.
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Daytona Beach Police Department said he has disappeared on Thursday.
But it quickly emerged he was safe, with the star tweeting: "You leave your phone in the car and don't answer for the night and this?"
The mistaken disappearance came nearly two years on from his guilty plea for child endangerment.
A 19-year-old woman accused him of grooming her since she was 12, telling a court they swapped explicit photos as their conversations became sexualised after she turned 18.
But Bell's defence claimed there was no evidence of the photos or sexual abuse.
A judge said he used his celebrity status to "nurture" a relationship and Bell admitted child endangerment.
Bell, who got two years' probation and 200 hours of community service in California, said: |I accept this plea because my conduct was wrong.
"I'm sorry that the victim was harmed. It was not my intention.
"I have taken this matter very, very seriously. And again, I just want to apologise to her and anyone else who may have been affected by my actions."
Bell, 36, starred in Drake and Josh - a show about teenage step brothers - between 2004 and 2007. There had been talk of a revival in 2019, until the legal problems.
He was reportedly separated from his wife, Janet Von Schmeling, and they were said to be heading for a divorce after being married for four years.
They had a son, Jeremy, in June 2021.
When Dayton Police said he was missing, it said he could “potentially” be in the vicinity of a Florida High School after disappearing on Wednesday evening.