‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris sentenced to 12 years in federal jail for little one pornography case

Prosecutors seek 15 years for former 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris

2022-07-07 05:34:09

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Jerry Harris from the fashionable Netflix cheerleading sequence, “Cheer,” was sentenced to 12 years in federal jail Wednesday on a number of expenses, together with soliciting intercourse from minors and receiving little one pornography.

As well as, U.S. District Decide Manish Shah, ordered that the sentence be adopted by eight years of court-supervised launch. 

“The sentence is 12 years in jail, to be adopted by 8 years of court-supervised launch,” Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, Assistant U.S. Lawyer of Northern District of Illinois, confirmed to Fox Information Digital. 

Harris was indicted in 2020 on seven counts of receiving and making an attempt to obtain little one pornography, and of persuading minors to have interaction in sexual contact between August 2017 to August 2020. 

Shah instructed Harris to contemplate the sentence an “expression of the seriousness of your crimes, tempered with some hope that each one will not be misplaced for you or in your victims, and that sooner or later some therapeutic can happen.”

Jerry Harris obtained a 12-year federal jail sentence for soliciting intercourse from minors. Harris attended the Construct Collection to debate “Cheer” in 2020
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Harris, 22, of suburban Naperville, pleaded responsible earlier this 12 months to 1 depend every of receiving little one pornography and touring with the intention to have interaction in unlawful sexual conduct.


Prosecutors had requested a federal choose to sentence Harris to fifteen years in jail for coercing teenage boys to ship him obscene pictures and movies of themselves and soliciting intercourse from minors at cheerleading competitions. Harris’ attorneys have been searching for a sentence of six years.

Earlier than studying his sentence, Harris apologized to his victims, saying, “I’m deeply sorry for all of the trauma my abuse has brought about you. I pray deep down that your struggling involves an finish.”

“I’m not an evil individual,” Harris stated. “I’m nonetheless studying who I’m and what my function is.”

Harris has been in custody at a federal detention facility.

Jerry Harris and Monica Aldama join host Zach Stafford at BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" on January 30, 2020 in New York City. 

Jerry Harris and Monica Aldama be a part of host Zach Stafford at BuzzFeed’s “AM To DM” on January 30, 2020 in New York Metropolis. 
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Sarah Klein, an lawyer for 2 of the victims, issued a press release saying Harris’ guilt was “firmly established.”

“The sentence he obtained displays the severity of his crimes and the lifetime of ache his victims will undergo,” Klein stated.

Harris was arrested in September 2020 on a cost of manufacturing of kid pornography. Prosecutors alleged on the time that he solicited movies and pictures from two 14-year-old brothers.

Based on a grievance, federal prosecutors stated that Harris admitted to repeatedly asking a minor teen for pornographic movies and pictures between December 2018 and March 2020.

Harris rose to fame when he was featured on the original Netflix docuseries "Cheer," which debuted on the streaming platform in 2020

Harris rose to fame when he was featured on the unique Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” which debuted on the streaming platform in 2020

Then in December of that 12 months, he was indicted on extra expenses alleging misconduct in Illinois, Florida and Texas. Based on the indictment, Harris allegedly solicited intercourse from minors at cheerleading competitions and satisfied teenage boys to ship him obscene pictures and movies of themselves.


Harris admitted to FBI brokers to asking a teenage boy to ship him lewd pictures of himself, and to requesting little one pornography on Snapchat from no less than 10 to fifteen others he knew to be minors, in line with the indictment.

Protection attorneys, in asking {that a} six-year sentence be adopted by eight years of supervised launch, described Harris as “each victimizer and sufferer,” saying he was sexually assaulted himself when he was a baby.

“The trauma he skilled as a baby normalized his skewed model of what he understood to be acceptable relationships. Nobody was there to face up for him when he was sexually assaulted as a minor. He’s grateful that’s not the case for his victims on this case, to whom he’s profoundly remorseful.” protection attorneys wrote.

Federal prosecutors acknowledged the actor’s traumatic childhood was a mitigating think about his crimes, however stated “whereas Harris’s childhood was very tough, it was not a clean examine to commit intercourse offenses towards minors.”

“Cheer” was an enormous success when it was launched in January 2020 and Harris turned wildly fashionable for his upbeat perspective and his encouraging “mat discuss.” Harris even interviewed celebrities on the pink carpet on the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Present.”

The docuseries follows the aggressive cheerleading squad from Navarro Faculty in Corsicana, Texas.


Fox Information’ Larry Fink and the Related Press contributed to this report

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