Drake Bell, star of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Drake and Josh,” is facing criminal charges against children. Bell, whose legal name is Jared Drake Bell, is being charged in Cuyahoga County, Ohio with attempted endangerment of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Bell,34, allegedly, “engaged in an inappropriate chat with the victim that, at times, was sexual in nature,” according to Fox 8 news. The incident allegedly occurred in December of 2017, however additional details about the encounter haven’t been released. In October of 2017 Bell, who goes by Drake Campana on Twitter, tweeted that he was scheduled to perform at The Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland that December.
Just Announced: Cleveland, OH – Dec 1 at The Odeon Concert Club https://t.co/KVB5GfvB1g
— Drake Campana 🇲🇽 (@DrakeBell) October 19, 2017
Bell appeared in Cuyahoga County court on Thursday (June 3). Court documents don’t show exactly when Bell was arrested, however his mugshot at Cuyahoga County jail was dated on June 3. Bell was freed on a $2,500 personal bond on Thursday after entering a not guilty plea.
The Nickelodeon superstar is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on June 23 via Zoom and was asked to submit DNA, which is a standard practice in Ohio, according to FOX 8 news. Although there has been minimal information released surrounding the case, a member of Bell’s legal team has spoken out.
As noted by the Miami Herald, “Bell’s attorney Ian Friedman told McClatchy News through a spokesperson that “the facts will be revealed in the court room” but declined further comment.”
If Bell is convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles he could either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. According to Ohio law, if the courts deem the material involved as being “harmful” then it’s a misdemeanor charge. Material that is considered “obscene,” or if the victim is 13-years-old or younger, then those charges are elevated to a felony, according to Ohio law.