Drake Bell, a former Nickelodeon star, was arrested for attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, according to court documents. The actor was taken into custody, though Bell did not seem fazed by all the commotion. In his mugshot dated June 3, the former child star can be seen with a sick smirk.
Cleveland Division of Police arrested Jared Drake Bell, who most notably appeared in the Nickelodeon show, Drake & Josh, for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate conversation with a minor “that, at times, was sexual in nature.” The incident, which took place in December 2017, occurred while the Home Improvement actor was scheduled for a performance at a Cleveland club.
The contents of the chat have not been released. But Drake Bell has been asked to submit his DNA in standard Ohio practice. He appeared in Cuyahoga County court on Thursday, pleading not guilty to all charges. He posted bail at $2,500 and was ordered not to contact the alleged victim.
Though every state is different, Ohio charges individuals with child endangerment if they have created “a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child, by violating a duty of care, protection, or support,” though the extent of Drake Bell’s actions is currently unknown.
Whether a guilty verdict will hold weight against the former child star is still being determined, and Bell is due in zoom court on June 23. Among the child endangerment charge is the “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles” charge, given to a suspect who “directly sell or deliver” material which is “obscene or harmful to juveniles.”
This isn’t Drake Bell’s first time with legal problems. Though he did it numerous times on screen during Drake & Josh, the star was charged with a DUI twice in six years. After his second time caught driving under the influence in 2015, Bell was sentenced to four days in jail.
Though he’s known for his shenanigans with his “brother from another mother” in Drake & Josh, Drake Bell began his career as a 5-year-old in Tim Allen’s Home Improvement, and also appeared alongside Amanda Bynes in The Amanda Show. Since his claim to fame on Nickelodeon, Bell has continued his career as a musical performer and has appeared on several YouTube videos with former co-stars.