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.
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, .
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.
‘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, CaliforniaLongtime 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.
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.’