Nickelodeon star Drake Bell charged with ‘attempting to endanger a child’ and one count of ‘spreading material harmful to minors’… as seen SMILING in Ohio mugshot prison
- Bell, 34, was charged on May 21 and then taken into custody Thursday over an alleged incident that occurred in Cleveland in December 2017.
- The Nickelodeon star faces a child endangerment attempt and a count of distributing material harmful to young people
- It is not yet clear what prompted the charges, but the actor has been ordered not to have any contact with his alleged victim.
- He appeared in Cuyahoga County court this Thursday and entered a not-guilty plea by posting $2,500 bail.
Nickelodeon star Drake Bell, known for starring in teen sitcom Drake & Josh, has been arrested in Ohio and charged with crimes against children, it was confirmed Friday.
According to police, 34-year-old Bell is facing an attempted endangerment of a child and a count of distributing material harmful to minors. TMZ reports.
However, it is not yet clear what prompted the charges.
The alleged incident allegedly happened on December 1, 2017, when the actor was scheduled to perform at the Cleveland club.
Caught: Nickelodeon star Drake Bell charged with ‘attempting to endanger a child’ and one count of ‘spreading material harmful to young people’
Bell is said to have appeared in Cuyahoga County court this Thursday and filed a not-guilty plea, posting a $2,500 bond ordering him not to have any contact with the alleged victim.
The former child star has previously been in trouble with the law after being sentenced to four days in prison for drink-driving in 2015, which was his second drink-driving conviction in a six-year period.
Supposedly, the actor is scheduled to perform in Cleveland as he has a notable music career in addition to his acting credits.
Clear: It’s not yet clear what prompted the charges, but the actor (pictured in 2019) has been ordered not to have any contact with his alleged victim
While state laws differ in how they categorize and punish child endangerment, it is a crime in every state.
In Ohio, in particular, charges are being filed against violators who “pose a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support.”
Born Jared Drake Bell, the California native rose to fame as a child actor in Home Improvement at age five, and also co-starred with Amanda Bynes on The Amanda Show in the early 2000s.
In addition to his acting career, Bell is a musician and formed a band called Drake 24/7, and has released several albums with moderate success.
In 2006 he reached #81 on the Billboard 200 with his second album It’s Only Time, which sold 23,000 copies in its first week.
Teen star: Drake Bell (left) with Henry Winkler and actor Josh Peck in Drake & Josh Merry Christmas (2008)