Musician and former child star of Nickelodeon hits Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show Drake Bell has been charged with crimes against a child.
As 7 News reports, the 34-year-old has pleaded not guilty to one count of “attempted child endangerment” and one count of “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles”.
According to the court docket, which uses Bell’s legal first name (Jared), the alleged offence took place on December 1, 2017 and involved a then-15-year-old female fan at a nightclub in Cleveland.
“(An) investigation revealed that the victim, who had established a relationship with Bell several years prior, attended his concert in December 2017,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
“While there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim. The investigation also revealed that months leading up to the concert, Bell sent the victim inappropriate social media messages.”
Bell has pleaded not guilty to both allegations, but has not yet responded publicly to them.
His next court date is June 23.