'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Arrested On Child Pornography Charge

Brenda Watkins
September 18, 2020

During an interview with investigators on Monday, Harris admitted to the illicit correspondence and also confessed to performing anal and oral sex with a 15-year-old at a cheer event in 2019.

Federal court records show Harris admitted to agents that he solicited and received explicit messages through Snapchat from 10 to 15 individuals, all of whom he knew were minors.

The charge of production of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

"I had the opportunity to speak with Vice President @JoeBiden a few days ago about some really important issues facing our country right now, in particular young adults and the Black community", Harris wrote at the time.

Harris was arrested and charged in Chicago on Thursday for allegedly soliciting pornographic videos and images of minors, and allegedly soliciting sex from a 13-year-old male at cheerleading competitions, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager", they said.

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A report surfaced on Monday, September 14, that he was under investigation by the FBI for claims that he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors".

A spokesperson for Harris previously denied allegations against him in a statement to TMZ, saying "we are confident that when the investigation is complete the true facts will be revealed".

Harris's charges follow the Netflix release of the controversial French film Cuties, which sexualizes 11-year-old girls. They say the behavior began after they connected with Harris at a competition when they were 13 and he was 19.

Harris worked for Varsity at a cheer camp previous year. However, it was revealed that he was arrested for soliciting nude photos from teens. "This was made possible because our clients' mother had the courage to report Harris to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Fort Worth Police Department and provided evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation that her sons had suffered", THR quoted Morgan Stewart and Sarah Klein of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, as saying.

USA Today first reported on the sexual-misconduct allegations on Monday, adding that the FBI was investigating Harris and conducting a search of his Naperville, Illinois residence. Biden's team has organized Instagram Live sessions with influencers including TV personality Keke Palmer and Jerry Harris from the Netflix series Cheer. Ms Rogers said she learned of the allegations against him in mid-May and reported them to police.

Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the Oscars red carpet for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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