TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell is said to be safe, according to police who reported the actor, known for his role on the hit kid’s television show, Drake & Josh, missing and endangered hours earlier.
According to the Daytona Beach Police Department, Drake, whose’s legal name is Jared Drake Bell, was seen Wednesday in the area of Mainland High School on April 12, just before 9 p.m. On Thursday, police said law enforcement officials made contact with Bell who is said to be safe.
In 2021, Bell pleaded guilty to attempted child endangerment and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles stemming from an incident in December 2017, when he was scheduled to play at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
The victim, a 15-year-old girl at the time, filed a report with police in Canada regarding a situation she said happened with Bell the night of the concert.
The girl said they maintained a relationship online for a while before the messages turned “blatantly sexual.”
“He is a monster and a danger to children,” the teen later said at a court hearing.
Bell apologized for the incident saying his “conduct was wrong.”
“I’m sorry the victim was harmed in any way, but that was not my intention,” Bell said. “I want to apologize to her.”
He was sentenced to one year on attempted child endangerment and six months on disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.