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Jared ‘Drake’ Bell From ‘Drake And Josh’ Charged For Crimes Against A Child

by : Harrison Williams on : 04 Jun 2021 19:05
Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office/Nickelodeon

Jared Bell, famous for starring as the character Drake on the hit show Drake and Josh, has been indicted on charges relating to crimes against a child. 

Jared Drake Bell, also known as Drake Campana, was officially charged with allegedly disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted child endangerment. He appeared in court in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where he pleaded not guilty. After agreeing to not have contact with the victim, he was released on $2,500 personal bond.

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The charges apparently stem from an inappropriate chat Bell allegedly had with the victim, which is reported to have been sexual in nature.

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According to court documents, the incident in question occurred on December 1, 2017. Just a few months earlier, Bell tweeted that he was in Cleveland, Ohio to perform a concert at The Odeon Concert Club. The tweet has since been deleted.

It is not yet known when Bell was arrested, but his mugshot from the Cuyahoga County Jail was taken on June 3 just before 3.00pm. Bell also was asked to provide his DNA to authorities, which is standard practice in the state of Ohio.

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Since starring as Drake on one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows, Drake and Josh, from 2004 to 2007, Bell has remained active as an actor and musician. He starred in the comedy film Superhero Movie in 2008 and played Timmy Turner on the live-action Fairly Oddparents TV-movie A Fairly Odd Summer. That said, throughout his career he has primarily become known as a voice actor on shows like Ultimate Spider-Man, where he starred as Spider-Man, as well as other spin-off cartoons.

Cover image credits: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and Nickelodeon

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.

Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on their website or on their free helpline 0808 800 5005, open 9am–5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8am–8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am–2pm Saturdays.

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