CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (ABC4) – Jared Bell, known for playing Drake in the Nickelodeon TV show “Drake and Josh,” is facing charges with crimes against a child in Ohio.
Court documents show the 34-year-old is facing charges of attempted endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. ABC4 affiliate WJW report court documents indicate Bell allegedly engaged in an inappropriate chat with the victim that, at times, was sexual in nature.
Cleveland Police reportedly arrested him, but court records do not indicate when. According to court records, a personal bond of $2,500 has been posted.
Bell appeared in court Thursday, entering a not guilty plea and waiving the reading of the indictment.
ABC4 affiliate WJW reports the 15-year-old victim filed a report with her local police in Canada in October 2018, nearly a year after an incident involving Bell occurred during a December 2017 concert in Cleveland.
Cleveland Police were notified and conducted an investigation, which revealed the victim had established a relationship with Bell several years prior. She attended the December concert, where “Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim.” Additionally, investigators found Bell sent the teenager inappropriate social media messages in the months leading up to the concert.
After “Drake and Josh” ended in 2007, Bell went on to appear in shows and movies like “A Fairly Odd Summer,” “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” and “Victorious,” according to IMDb. He also worked as a voice actor and released multiple albums that he went on tour with.
In 2015, ABC News reports Bell was arrested for suspicion of DUI in California. In 2016, E! News reports Bell served one day of his four-day sentence and was released following his second DUI conviction.
Last summer, Bell’s ex-girlfriend, Melissa Lingafelt, accused him of verbally and physically abusing her while they were dating for about two and a half years, starting in 2006, according to the L.A. Times.