Update, 4:05 PM: jerry harrisWho Starred in Netflix’s Emmy-Winning Documentary cheer, was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for having sex with minors and other sex-related offenses. He pleaded guilty in February after filing a plea with prosecutors. Read the details of the case below.
Earlier, February 10: Jerry Harris, best known for starring in Netflix’s Emmy-winning documentary cheerHe pleaded guilty Thursday to two sex crimes charges involving minors after reaching a settlement with prosecutors in Chicago.
Harris was originally arrested and charged with a count of making child pornography in September 2020. Following an FBI investigation, federal charges of child sex abuse were added, involving incidents with minors in Texas, Florida, and her home state of Illinois.
He had originally pleaded not guilty to seven charges.
tmz informed of That Harris pleaded guilty today to charges of obtaining child porn, using interstate commerce, and traveling across state lines with intent to conduct illegal sexual conduct with a minor. In return, the other five charges will be removed.
According to new York TimesIn a virtual hearing today, Harris said through a statement from his lawyers that “he wants to take responsibility for his actions and publicly express his remorse for the harm caused to the victims in this case.” He also said that he was “self-exploited, manipulated and sexually abused” as a child within the Cheer community.
Harris, 22, is jailed in Chicago, and sentencing is set for June 28. The plea agreement suggested that the sentencing guidelines could extend to 50 years in prison.
Harris is also a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of underage Texas twins who claim cheer The subject befriended the boys in 2018 when they were 13 years old and requested them to send them obscene pictures. The lawsuit, in which the boys sought $1 million in damages, also said that Harris solicited one of the brothers for oral sex.
The FBI launched its investigation in August after the boys’ mother filed a report. The victims’ mothers also filed complaints of Harris’ abuse with the Fort Worth Police Department and several cheer organizations including the US All Star Federation and Cheer Athletics Inc.
Harris was featured prominently in cheer, which followed the competitive cheerleading team at Navarro College, Texas. The Emmy-winning documentary premiered its season 2 last month, just 24 hours after Harris was arrested in September 2020.