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Drake Bell Charged And Arrested For ‘Crimes Against A Child’

Drake Bell is in trouble! The 'Drake and Josh' star has been arrested in Cleveland after, apparently, sending some sexual messages to an underage teenager

By Ingrid Mateos

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Not you Drake! Drake Bell, known for his role as Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Drake and Josh," has been formally accused on two charges involving minors. One for attempted endangerment of a child and one for disseminating matter harmful to juveniles,

Born as Jared Drake Bell, the American actor was arrested freed on a $2,500 personal bond ordering him to have no contact with his alleged victim after, and according to court documents, he was arrested by Cleveland Police and pleaded not guilty in Cuyahoga County Court on June 3. The alleged incident reportedly happened on Dec. 1, 2017, the same day Bell was scheduled to perform at Cleveland club The Odeon. However, Bell was not indicted until last month, and he is due back in court on June 23. Bell’s attorney was not available for comment Friday afternoon, but a representative for his office said the facts in the case would “be revealed in the courtroom.”

In Ohio, the attempted child endangerment charge is filed against offenders who “create a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child, by violating a duty of care, protection, or support.” The second charge Bell faces is used against those who “directly sell, deliver, furnish, disseminate, provide, exhibit, rent, or present to a juvenile, a group of juveniles, a law enforcement officer posing as a juvenile, or a group of law enforcement officers posing as juveniles any material or performance that is obscene or harmful to juveniles,” according to Ohio state law.

Bell rose to fame in the mid-2000s with a starring role on “Drake and Josh” alongside his co-star, Josh Peck. The sitcom aired on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007 and featured Bell and Peck as stepbrothers. He is also known for his work as a voice actor (He is the voice of Peter Parker in the Marvel cartoons) or for films like Jerry Maguire, A Mouse Tale, The Big Trip, and Cover Versions.

This is not the first time Drake Bell has been accused of something. Last year, his now ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt, whose stage name is Jimi Ono, accused him of verbal and physical abuse on a TikTok video. She was 16 when this happened. "This is my truth. I hope this message reaches young girls, and that no one has to go through what I did," she captioned the video, which garnered more than 4 million views. Drake Bell denied it by saying that he "never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video. As our relationship ended — more than a decade ago — we, unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples are breaking up. But that is it," In 2015 Bell was also charged with driving under the influence.

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