Nickelodeon star Drake Bell pleads not guilty to attempted child endangerment

Drake Bell arrives for the sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on March 14, 2019. The actor/singer was arrested Friday on allegations he was inappropriate with a 15-year-old girl. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

June 5 (UPI) — Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell, star of “Drake & Josh,” pleaded not guilty to child misconduct charges after police said he had inappropriate interactions with a 15-year-old in Cleveland.

The 34-year-old actor — who was born Jared Drake Bell but also goes by Drake Campana — was arrested Friday on an attempted endangering children charge, a fourth-degree felony; and a disseminating matter harmful to juveniles charge, a first-degree misdemeanor, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said.

He was released from Cuyahoga County Jail on $2,500 bond Friday, CNN reported.

Prosecutors said Bell established a relationship with the 15-year-old Canadian girl several years ago, and she attended his concert at a Cleveland nightclub, the Odeon Concert Club, in 2017. While there, Bell “violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim,” the prosecutors office said.

Bell allegedly sent the teen inappropriate messages on social media.

WJW-TV in Cleveland reported that the teen filed a report of the allegations at a Canadian police department in 2018.

He’s next set to appear in court June 23.

Bell played the role of Drake Parker in “Drake & Josh” from 2004-07, and also had roles as the voice of Spider-Man in various animated series.


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