Jared Drake Bell, a former star of the Nickelodeon sitcom “Drake & Josh,” was charged in Cleveland with tried youngster endangerment and disseminating materials dangerous to youngsters.
Mr. Bell, 34, pleaded not responsible to each expenses in Cuyahoga County Court on Thursday. He was launched after posting a $2,500 bond and agreeing to not have contact with the alleged sufferer.
He was indicted by a grand jury on May 21.
According to prosecutors, the costs stem from an incident at a live performance in Cleveland on Dec. 1, 2017. Mr. Bell, who additionally goes by Drake Campana, had tweeted that he had a present scheduled on the Odeon Concert Club there on that date.
Prosecutors stated that Mr. Bell engaged in a dialog with a 15-year-old lady that was at instances sexual in nature. An investigation by the Cleveland Police Department additionally revealed that Mr. Bell had despatched the lady inappropriate social media messages within the months earlier than the present, the prosecutors stated.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Bell “violated his duty of care” on the live performance and, “in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim.” A spokesman for the prosecutor’s workplace, Tyler Sinclair, didn’t say why Mr. Bell had solely simply now been indicted.
In a quick assertion on Friday, Ian N. Friedman, a lawyer representing Mr. Bell, declined to deal with particular questions. “All facts will be revealed in the courtroom,” he stated.
The felony youngster endangerment cost carries a sentence of as much as 18 months in jail, with a minimal sentence of six months, and as much as a $5,000 positive. The second cost, a misdemeanor, is punishable by as much as 180 days in jail and a positive of as much as $1,000.
A pretrial video listening to for Mr. Bell has been scheduled for June 23.
“Drake & Josh,” a younger grownup sitcom, aired for 4 seasons on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Bell performed one half of a pair of stepbrothers (the opposite was performed by Josh Peck) who lived collectively regardless of having reverse personalities.
In the years since, Mr. Bell, who now goes by Drake Campana, has launched a music profession and toured in assist of a number of albums.