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Ex-child actor Drake Bell accused of child endangerment

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FILE – Drake Bell arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. Bell, one of stars of the popular Nickelodeon children’s show “Drake & Josh,” faces criminal charges regarding a girl he had met online and who attended a 2017 concert of his in Cleveland when she was 15. The 34-year-old actor pleaded not guilty Thursday, June 3, 2021, to felony attempted endangering children and misdemeanor disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Popular Nickelodeon star Jared “Drake” Bell, known for his role on the children’s show “Drake & Josh” faces a felony charge of attempted endangering children and a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The criminal charges come from a girl Bell had met online and who attended his 2017 concert in Ohio when she was 15. Tyler Sinclair, spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, said the girl filed a complaint with Canadian police in October 2018. Police there contacted Cleveland police, prompting an investigation.

The attempted endangering children charge relates to the concert, Sinclair said, where Bell “violated his duty of care” and created a risk of harm to the victim. He didn’t elaborate further.

Bell and the girl had “developed a relationship” online several years prior to the concert, Sinclair said. The disseminating harmful material charge concerns Bell having sent the girl “inappropriate social media messages,” Sinclair said.

34-year-old Jared “Drake” Bell  pleaded not guilty on Thursday in a Cleveland courtroom.  “All facts will be revealed in a courtroom,” Bell’s attorney Ian Friedman said Friday, declining to comment further.

Bell was charged by information, which typically indicates a plea agreement has been reached. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on June 23.