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Cheer’s Jerry Harris pleads guilty to child pornography charge

He had previously denied all claims

Cheer’s Jerry Harris has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Harris has pleaded guilty to two out of seven counts he had been charged with. Prosecutors agreed to drop the five remaining counts against him as part of a plea bargain.

Yesterday 22-year-old Jerry Harris pleaded guilty to persuading a 17-year-old into sending him sexually explicit photos in exchange for money. He also pleaded guilty to travelling to Florida with the intention of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a 15-year-old.

A child pornography charge carries a sentence of anywhere between five and 20 years in jail. Travelling with intent to engage in sexual conduct with a minor carries a sentence of up to 30 years. Harris is expected to receive his sentence on 28 June.

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In September 2020 Harris was arrested for child pornography production. At the time prosecutors claimed Harris had solicited videos and images from two 14 year old brothers. He was then indicted in December 2020 for more charges taking place in Illinois, Floria and Texas. He was accused of soliciting sex from minors at cheerleading contests and persuading minors to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves. Harris denied all charges.

At the time a representative for Harris said: “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.”

Jerry Harris first rose to fame as part of Netflix’s cheerleading docu-series Cheer. Filming was taking place for the second season when Harris was arrested.

The second season, which aired recently, addressed the allegations against Harris in an episode entitled “Jerry”.

A number of people involved in the case along including two alleged victims were interviewed as part of the episode.

Harris is currently in a federal detention facility where he will remain until his sentencing.

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