Breaking: Jerry from Cheer arrested and charged with production of child pornography
His arrest comes three days after his home was raided
Jerry Harris from Netflix series Cheer has been arrested and charged with the production of child pornography, it has been reported.
The Mirror is reporting that Harris was charged in a federal court in Chicago on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
His arrest comes after earlier this week it was announced that he is being investigated by the FBI over allegations of soliciting sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.
A rep for the 21-year-old has denied all claims, saying in a statement to Variety: “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”
The allegations were first reported in USA Today, which claims FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris’ home in Naperville, Illinois on Monday, after being told that he may have asked for sexually explicit photos and sex from minors. The claims are said to be from Varsity Brands, a cheerleading-industry company that Harris worked with. Letters to the police obtained by USA Today allegedly state the company was made aware of “inappropriate sexual conduct” claims against Harris.
Varsity’s chief legal officer, Burton Brillhart, said: “As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future.”
None of the allegations involve any physical contact and the claims are from when Harris was a teenager. His rep has stated they deny the claims.
More on this story to follow.