Netflix ‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Faces New Sex Crimes, Child Pornography Charges

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CHICAGO (WLS) – “Cheer” star Jerry Harris, already charged with federal child pornography, has been charged with new charges that he solicited sex with minors in cheerleading contests and convinced teens to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves. The new seven-count indictment released on Friday was not unexpected. In the initial complaint filed in September, not only did prosecutors claim Harris admitted to FBI agents asking a teenager to send him obscene photos of himself, but that he asked for child pornography on Snapchat. at least 10 to 15 other people he knew. be minors.
Harris, 21, of Naperville, has been held in a federal detention center without bond since his child pornography arrest in September, and a judge later suggested Harris would be a public danger if released.

Harris’ lawyers have yet to speak to the new charges, but an indictment was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Lawyers for two of Harris’ alleged victims, teenage brothers who sued Harris in Texas, praised authorities on Friday for continuing to “locate the victims and take action.”

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“This was made possible because the mother of our clients first had the courage to report Harris to the FBI and provided evidence of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation her sons suffered. Says lawyers Morgan Stewart and Sarah Klein Read.

Harris, who was born in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale and raised in the nearby town of Bolingbrook, was the star of the Emmy-winning documentary series that follows the cheerleading team at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

“Cheer” was an instant hit when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat demeanor and encouraging “dull speech”. Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the Oscar red carpet for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

In October, Federal Judge Heather McShain ordered Harris to be held at the bar until his trial because “he presents a danger to the community.”

McShain refused to release Harris into house arrest despite several “Cheer” moms offering to monitor him and prevent him from accessing the Internet. “I find that the defendant’s past conduct suggests the likelihood of future misconduct,” McShain said.

Harris sat alongside his lawyers and did not speak Wednesday during his federal detention hearing.

Prosecutors argued Harris was a threat if released.

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Not only is the prosecution alleging that Harris sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy during a mirth event in a public bathroom. They say he admitted to raping children at the FBI.

Prosecutors said at least 10 children were injured.

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The federal government said Harris allegedly assaulted, harassed and treated the boys in his cheerleader circle, asking them to provide sexually explicit images and even pay a boy to produce child pornography. Prosecutors said Harris allegedly prosecuted his sexual misconduct after learning of the FBI investigation.

The mother of two of the alleged victims was present at the hearing by telephone. She pleaded with the judge to keep Harris in custody, saying, “For almost two years my sons suffered more than I could ever really describe in this court… I am in awe of the courage they have shown in doing so. expressing.

“Mr. Harris shouldn’t be living in a house and sleeping in a comfortable bed… where my children and his other victims pay a dear price for telling the truth, ”she continued.

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Four women who got to know Harris through cheerleading circles were also in attendance at the October hearing. They testified that they would welcome Harris if he was released and report to the court if he violated bail protocols.

Harris’ defense attorneys argued that Harris may not have the mental capacity of an adult and comes from a very difficult home life. They said he was not a threat and that if released he would not have access to a cell phone or the internet.

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Harris faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years if convicted.

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