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Drake Bell charged with child endangerment


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Nickelodeon’s Jared “Drake” Bell has pleaded not guilty to endangering a child in Cuyahoga County. According to Cuyahoga County court records, Bell is charged with attempted endangering of a child, which is a fourth-degree felony charge, as well as disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanor.

In 2017 Bell and a 15-year-old girl had an interaction in a Cleveland Nightclub. The case was filed in Canada back in 2018, but later moved by authorities to the Cleveland Police division. 

Tyler Sinclair, a spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said, The subsequent investigation found the alleged victim had established a relationship with Bell “several years prior” and attended a concert of his in December 2017.

“While there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim,” Sinclair said. “The investigation also revealed that months leading up to the concert, Bell sent the victim inappropriate social media messages.”

Bell appeared in Cuyahoga County court June 3rd, he entered a not guilty plea, and was released on a $2,500 personal bond. He agreed to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 23 via Zoom.

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