Prosecutors Seeking 15 Years For Former ‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris

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CHICAGO (AP) — A authoritative has asked a national justice to condemnation Jerry Harris, a erstwhile prima of the Netflix documentary bid “Cheer,” to 15 years successful situation for coercing teenage boys to nonstop him obscene photos and videos of themselves and soliciting enactment from minors astatine cheerleading competitions.

Attorneys for Harris are seeking a condemnation of six years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Guzman wrote successful a sentencing memo precocious Wednesday that Harris utilized “his presumption arsenic a competitory cheerleader, his societal media persona, and yet his personage and money, to transportation and entice his young victims to prosecute successful sexually explicit behaviour for him oregon with him.”

Guzman besides requested the condemnation see 10 years of supervised merchandise aft the situation term.

Harris, 22, of suburban Naperville, pleaded guilty earlier this twelvemonth to 1 number each of receiving kid pornography and traveling with the volition to prosecute successful amerciable intersexual conduct. He is owed to beryllium sentenced July 6 by U.S. District Judge Manish Shah.

Defense attorneys, successful asking that a six-year condemnation beryllium followed by 8 years of supervised release, described Harris arsenic “both victimizer and victim,” saying helium was sexually assaulted himself erstwhile helium was a child.

“The trauma helium experienced arsenic a kid normalized his skewed mentation of what helium understood to beryllium due relationships. No 1 was determination to basal up for him erstwhile helium was sexually assaulted arsenic a minor. He is grateful that is not the lawsuit for his victims successful this case, to whom helium is profoundly remorseful.” defence attorneys wrote.

Federal prosecutors acknowledged the actor’s traumatic puerility was a mitigating origin successful his crimes, but said “while Harris’s puerility was precise difficult, it was not a blank cheque to perpetrate enactment offenses against minors.”

Harris remains successful custody astatine a national detention facility.

Harris was arrested successful September 2020 connected a complaint of accumulation of kid pornography. Prosecutors alleged astatine the clip that helium solicited videos and images from 2 14-year-old brothers.

According to a complaint, national prosecutors said that Harris admitted to repeatedly asking a insignificant teen for pornographic videos and images betwixt December 2018 and March 2020.

Then successful December of that year, he was indicted connected much charges alleging misconduct successful Illinois, Florida and Texas. According to the indictment, Harris allegedly solicited enactment from minors astatine cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to nonstop him obscene photographs and videos of themselves.

Harris admitted to FBI agents to asking a teenage lad to nonstop him lewd photographs of himself, and to requesting kid pornography connected Snapchat from astatine slightest 10 to 15 others helium knew to beryllium minors, according to the indictment.

“Cheer” was a immense occurrence erstwhile it was released successful January 2020 and Harris became wildly fashionable for his upbeat cognition and his encouraging “mat talk.” Harris adjacent interviewed celebrities connected the reddish carpet astatine the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The docuseries follows the competitory cheerleading squad from Navarro College successful Corsicana, Texas.

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