‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Sentenced To 12 Years In Jail For Child Pornography Charges
Netflix’s “Cheer” star Jerry Harris was sentenced to 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
Harris was sentenced on Wednesday (July 6) during a court hearing where the judge got to hear his supporters read character statements before handing down the 12-year sentence.
A source told TMZ that Harris has also been ordered into eight years of court-supervised release after prison.
Jerry Harris was facing up to 50 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to one court of receipt of child pornography, and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Federal prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to 15 years.
The FBI began investigating the former cheerleader in 2019 after authorities claimed he was soliciting sex from minors at cheer competitions, and persuaded teenage boys to send him inappropriate photos. Harris was arrested in September 2020.
Harris’ former cheerleading coach, Monica Aldama posted a statement to her social media after his arrest was made public, saying:
“I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news. Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I’m praying hard for the victims and everyone affected.”
The second season of the Netflix show included an episode about Harris’ arrest and the aftermath within his former cheer team.
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