‘Drake & Josh’ star charged for a sex offense against minor in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Nickelodeon’s Jared Bell, 34, is charged with attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Jared Bell was known for playing Drake Bell on the show “Drake & Josh” which ran from 2004 to 2007.
Bell is facing felony charges stemming from an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old Canadian girl.
The offense occurred on Dec. 1, 2017, according to a police report.
19 News has learned the alleged incident occurred at the Odeon Concert Club in the Cleveland Flats. Childhood fans in Cleveland were stunned to hear the news.
“It just kind of ruined everyone’s childhood I feel like that’s what I’d turn on every time I’d come home from school so it’s really sad,” said Angela Collella.
“It’s honestly crazy I mean I watched that show growing up all the time as a kid,” said Molly Bernhard.
According to reports the incident happened in December of 2017. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors’ Office said the 15-year-old victim reported the crime to her local police department in Canada in October of 2018.
Cleveland police said the victim and Bell had developed a relationship a few years prior to the incident. Police said she attended his concert in December 2017 and while she was there, Bell created a risk of harm to the victim. Investigators also say prior to the concert, Bell had spent months sending the victim inappropriate message on social media.
“That’s really upsetting to hear so hopefully she’s doing okay too because that’s hard to kind of come out with too you know, everybody loves drake bell from Drake and Josh,” said Collella.
Bell was booked June 3 at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.
He has since been charged with the following:
- Attempted Endangering Children – a fourth degree felony
- Disseminating Matter Harmful To Juveniles – a first degree misdemeanor
He entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment yesterday and bond was set at $2,500.
19 News reached out to Bell’s talent agency, but we have not heard back.
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