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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris sentenced to 12 years in child sex scandal

Jerry Harris — who rose to fame on Netflix’s “Cheer” — was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for his child sex abuse.

According to TMZ, the 22-year-old former cheerleader was in court for his sentence as friends and supporters read statements before the judge decided his fate.

In February, Harris issued a guilty plea in his sex offences case alleging that he solicited sex with teenage boys at cheerleading competitions. At the time, Harris’ lawyers said he wanted to “take responsibility for his actions and publicly express his remorse for the harm caused to the victims.”

Harris faced up to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of obtaining child pornography and one count of traveling with intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

The post has reached out to representatives for Harris for comment.

In September 2020, Harris was arrested on a count of making child pornography, but allegedly “admitted to receiving X-rated photos of between 10 and 15 other individuals he knew that they were minors,” according to a complaint filed by the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

Jerry Harris — who rose to fame on Netflix’s “Cheer” — was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for his child sex abuse.
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Jerry Harris, 22, Was Sentenced On Wednesday To 12 Years In Federal Prison.
Jerry Harris was a fan-favorite athlete, known for his flirtatious personality and “mat talk” on season one of Netflix’s “Cheer.”
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Hit Netflix documentaries addressed the allegations during its second season in an episode titled “Jerry”, which included interviews with two twin boys and their mother.

The twins, who are competitive cheerleaders from Texas, said the alleged abuse began when they were about 13 and Harris was 19 — and it lasted for more than a year.

Prosecutors allege that Harris began soliciting photos from one of the boys in late 2018.

Harris was a fan-favorite athlete—known for his flirtatious personality and “mat talk”—on Season 1 of “Cheer.”

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